EPL Managers support selection of first woman to referee in Premier League

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Premier League managers have supported the verdict to select Rebecca Welch as the first female to referee a top-flight game in England. Rebecca will officiate Fulham's game against Burnley on 23 December.

Rebecca, who is 40-year-old started refereeing in 2010, and in January she turned into the first woman to referee a men’s Championship game.

I'm so glad to see it infootball - Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino said.

While we were in France with PSG,Stephanie Frappart is a female referee and she was actually, actually good. And why not? I believe the size isthere. I believe we should expose our minds and everybody has the class, wehave to ensure the people are aboutthe quality.

Frappart has been a leader for female referees, officiating in men's Ligue 2 and Ligue 1 games in France. Also, being the first woman to Referee in the Champions League and Uefa Super Cup.

Rebecca turned out to be the first woman to officiate a men's World Cup game during Qatar 2022 once she took care of Germany's 4-2 win over Costa Rica.

Rebecca played the role of a fourth official in the Premier League inNovember as Manchester United won Fulham 1-0 at Craven Cottage.

Welch was the first Lady to take charge of an FA Cup third-round tie in 2022 later being included to the EFL’s national list for men’s football, which manages League One and League Two fixtures.

Gooner’s managerMikel Arteta, in an interview about Welch,said: It is excessive news. I wish her all the best, it will be truly positive.
The variety we have is extremely positive for the league. It is something that
was desired.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was also helpful of the verdict,saying: brilliant news. Confidently in the future there can be more. Everyone
is more tangled. It is good.

Rebecca, from Washington in Tyne and Wear, officiated at the Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in the summer.

I believe it's a big period, Newcastle manager Eddie Howe said.

For me, it's got to be built on capability, not gender, capability to officiate and I wholly back it.

Rebecca officiated her first Women's Super League match in 2014 when Chelsea defeated Everton 2-1.

Manager of the Everton women's team, Brian Sorensen told BBC Radio Merseyside: We've realised it everywhere
in Europe that some of the truly top referees are getting an opportunity in the uppermost men's game level.

Nowadays women are getting a chance on the larger period and I only congratulate that. I'm very thankful and glad for that.

Perceptibility issues

EPL also proclaimed that Sam Allison will officiate the game between Sheffield United and Luton at Bramall Lane on Boxing Day, turning him to be the first black referee in the top-flight for 15 years.

The league's last blackreferee, Uriah Rennie, gave up work from refereeing in Englishfootball's upper four divisions in 2009. The EFL's last non-white referee -
Jarnail Singh - gave up work in 2010.

The English FootballAssociation put out plans in July to employ 50% more referees from historically
under-represented families by 2026, targeting to increase 1,000 women referees
and 1,000 black or Asian referees at all levels of football in three years.

Presently, 8% of officials are of black or Asian ethnicity, but only 3%in professional football.

Referees up and down the land are waking up this morning and discerning there are no walls to get to the highest, anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out posted on X, previously Twitter.

Visibility issues. Well done to FA-PGMOL and organisations like BAMRef for assisting to make those journeys. There are many more moving stories to be said.

BAMRef, a group donating guidance, care, mentoring and counselling to black, Asian and mixed heritage referees, also received the news concerning Allison.

Sam's selection is another important step in the right direction towardsrefereeing shimmering society and the playing dependent within football, a group report read.

It is a conclusion of years of hard work by BAMRef members and we hope to endure our work more with both the FA and PGMOL leadership to recognise and progress more officials from black, Asian and mixed heritage communities.


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