Frenchwoman Frappart promoted to referee in top division

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PARIS (AP) — The French soccer league has promoted Stephanie Frappart to referee fulltime in the country's top division next season.

The 35-year-old Frappart became the first woman to referee a top-flight match in France when taking charge of the Amiens-Strasbourg game in April.

Frappart says "I'm proud and honored about this nomination," adding that she hopes her example encourages "young girls and women to take up refereeing."

She will also referee at this year's Women's World Cup in France.


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