A new history of world football… a female referee
Active as a reserve referee to prepare for an accident
A new history was written in world football on the 23rd at Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar. Here, at 1:00 am Korean time, there was a Group C match between Poland and Mexico. Stephanie Frapar (39) from France made a name for herself as the first female referee to step on the stage of a World Cup match that day.
Prafar entered the stadium as a reserve referee among the four referees (one referee, two assistant referees, and one reserve referee).
The reserve referee, who prepares in advance for the main referee to have an accident during the match, oversees the player’s reset position, plays the role of holding the new license plate, and mediates communication between the ground referee and manager of the bench.
In addition to Prapar, two other female referees have been named for the first time in the history of the men’s World Cup. The main characters are Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan) and Salima Mukasanga (Rwanda).
This is the first time in the history of 92 years since the Uruguay Games in 1930. In particular, it can be said that the appearance of female referees in the World Cup held for the first time in the Middle East, where the level of women’s rights is relatively low, is more meaningful.
After obtaining his FIFA international referee’s license in 2009, Prapar has already had a great refereeing career in the European Football Federation (UEFA) Champions League group stage and Qatar World Cup European qualifiers.
Even then, he wrote the first story. He is recognized as the best in women’s football, such as blowing the whistle in the final of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.
Meanwhile, Poland and Mexico drew 0-0 that day.
Poland regretted that Robert Lewandowski, who is the center of the team and is mentioned as a candidate for the Golden Ball (the leading scorer of the World Cup), missed a penalty. Mexico, who disturbed the space behind the Polish defense with their quick feet, also missed many scoring opportunities due to a lack of decisiveness.
Poland grabbed a golden opportunity to score the first goal in the 10th minute of the second half when Lewandowski, who was caught and brought down by Hector Moreno in front of the Mexico goal, scored a penalty via video review (VAR). However, a save by Mexican goalkeeper David Ochoa saved the scoring opportunity.
Poland goalkeeper Szczesny also made a great save in the 19th minute of the second half, blocking Henry Martin’s header, which changed slightly in direction with his header directly in front of the goal.
In the second half, both teams tried to change the flow of the game by using three substitution cards each.
However, Poland and Mexico did not manage to open the opponent’s goal until the second half of the 7th minute of extra time, and the match ended in a 0-0 draw.
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