Jurgen Klopp reveals true feelings on Super Cup female referee – ‘My mum would be angry’ | Football | Sport
History will be made on Wednesday night with Stephanie Frappart becoming the first female referee to take charge of a major European men’s match.
The match will arguably not even be the biggest game she has refereed this summer having taken charge of the Women’s World Cup final last month.
But UEFA have been widely praised for the appointment of Frappart for the Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea as a huge step forward.
Ireland’s Michelle O’Neill will also be on the sidelines as one of Frappart’s assistants along with Manuela Nicolosi.
Klopp was asked in his press conference whether he thought the officials would face more scrutiny because of their gender, to which the Liverpool boss laughed it off.
But he went on to joke how he may have to watch his temper on the sidelines or risk a chiding from his mum.
“My answer would be finally. I think it is time,” he said.
“I have had experienced of this in Germany.
“I’m really happy we can be part of this historical moment.
“It’s a smart decision to finally have a women referee a very, very important game.”
He added: “I’m really sure we will try to not make the game any more difficult than it will be (for the officials).
“I will show my best face if possible [smiles], otherwise my mum would be angry!
“I hope it is not the last one, that is all I can say.”
Bibiana Steinhaus made history two years ago as she became the first female official to referee a Bundesliga match, taking charge of a 1-1 draw between Werder Bremen and Hertha Berlin.
Frappart has also had experience of refereeing in the men’s game, becoming the first female official to take charge of a Ligue 1 game last season.
The 35-year-old had previously spent five years refereeing in Ligue 2.