Stephanie Frappart gestures during the French L1 football match at the Licorne Stadium in Amiens. AFP
Stephanie Frappart said she felt "a lot of pride" after becoming the first female referee to take charge of a Ligue 1 game on Sunday as she oversaw Amiens' goalless draw with Strasbourg.
The 35-year-old, who has been a Ligue 2 referee since 2014, was appointed by the French Football Federation to help referees involved in this year's Women's World Cup "prepare in the best conditions".
"I feel a lot of pride after this match," she said. "I think that I managed to do what I wanted to do, and that I had the qualities to officiate in Ligue 1.
"It was a nice football game. I knew a lot of players from both teams from Ligue 2 or the (third-tier) National.
"I realise that this match has gone down in history, you could see that from all the media present this week, unless you're on another planet."
The French league's director general Didier Quillot told BeIN Sports before the game: "We're very happy with this appointment.
"That's the meaning of the story -- that there will be one or more female referees in Ligue 1 in the coming years."
Germany's Bibiana Steinhaus became the first female referee in one of the top European leagues when she took charge of a Bundesliga match between Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen in September 2017.Agence France-Presse
European football's governing body said Ronaldo was facing charges of "improper conduct" after he mimicked Diego Simeone's crotch-grabbing 'cojones' gesture in last Tuesday's 3-0 win that sent Juventus through 3-2 on aggregate.
Paul Pogba took the challenge to a different level.
More than 6,500 people have been shot by Israeli forces during a year of weekly mass protests along the Gaza border, according to Palestinian figures.
More than 125 have had amputations and many others are permanently disabled.
Creative Force continued his sensational season as he bravely beat Naval Crown to provide Charlie Appleby with a 1-2 in the G3 Jersey Stakes on day five of Royal Ascot, on Saturday.
Chandigarh on Saturday bid a tearful farewell to ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh (91), who passed away at the PGI Hospital here after a prolonged battle with Covid-19 late on Friday night.
Why stop now? That’s Italy’s approach for its final group match at the European Championship against Wales. The Azzurri have already advanced to the round of 16 but they are playing