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Frappart ‘not afraid’ as she prepares to make history

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On Wednesday, Frappart will take charge of the UEFA Super Cup between Chelsea and Liverpool in Istanbul, becoming the first female to officiate in a major men's European match.Follow @cnnsport Arguably, it isn't the biggest match Frappart has officiated this summer as the 35-year-old was the referee for the Women's World Cup final between the USA and the Netherlands in July, which perhaps explains why this footballing trailblazer says she is not feeling any added pressure before Wednesday's showpiece match. "We are not afraid about this game because we are always ready for all of the games," Frappart, who in April became the first woman to take charge of a league match in France's top division, told reporters on the eve of the all-English tie. Also the first woman to be appointed to France's elite pool of referees, Frappart rejected any notion that it was more difficult to officiate a men's game. "I think there is not a lot of difference, because football is the same," she said. "Refereeing is the same, football is the same, I would do the same I do in women's football."Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and videos

Life has changed

Frappart said her "life has changed" since she was appointed by UEFA, European football's governing body, earlier this month as part of an all-female on-field referee team for the match between the winners of last season's Champions League and Europa League."I'm now popular all over the world," Frappart explained. "But I was also appointed in Ligue 1, so I know the feelings and emotions and how to manage them and how to train for [the occasion]. This is not my first appointment."Frappart will be joined by assistant referees Manuela Nicolosi and Michelle O'Neill, who were both also part of July's World Cup final. O'Neill told reporters that it was "pretty nice" to be "opening the pathway" for future generations. READ: Istanbul bar owners braced for English soccer fans Frappart is the first woman to referee a Ligue 1 match. Switzerland's Nicole Petignat was the first woman to referee men's matches in European competition, taking charge of three UEFA Cup qualifying round games between 2004 and 2009, while female referees have taken charge of men's league matches. In 2017 Bibiana Steinhaus became the first woman to referee a top-flight match across Europe's five top leagues when she took charge of a Bundesliga match in Germany. But there is no question that Wednesday evening in Turkey will be a big moment for women in football. "Finally it's time," said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who guided his team to the European Cup in June with victory over Tottenham in Madrid. "I've had a lot of experience with women referees in Germany. Bibiana Steinhaus is doing it. It took a while before she was considered, Read More – Source