- Oct 25, 2017
I'm personally fine with female officials in the men's game, I'd even be fine with female players in err, an open category game instead of calling it men's football assuming she was good enough and not just there for PR. There are male refs in women's football so why not?There is women's game, for women to play in, and officiate.
Men shouldnt get involved with women’s football, in any level, and vice versa with women in mens foootball.
And its not because i have anything against women, I adore women, and love everything about them.
My only beef with this is that this ref hasn't much experience at all in the men's game and I wonder if she's being over-promoted as a result. She did do the women's world cup final, a tournament I watched quite a lot of and I thought she did well. Some of the others not so much. It's whether or not being a good ref in the women's game and doing the world cup final necessarily translates to being deserving of refereeing at any level including the higher levels of the men's version of the game. I'm not completely sold on that.
This is a prestigious match as far as officials go and she's only just been promoted to Ligue 1 in France whereas other refs who have done this match had years of top-flight experience as well as a whole host of European club games including CL and EL semi finals plus high profile international matches at tournaments to reach this point.
I don't necessarily think she won't be up to it, but am a bit torn as to whether she should have to follow the same route as male refs refereeing in male football to get this appointment and do more in the men's game first.
There's another French ref called Turpin who looks like he'd be a solid appointment. 10 years in Ligue 1, has done Europa League semis and Champions League quarters before, loads of internationals etc. He'd be more like the previous refs that have got this game and has worked his way through the ranks.
We don't like him but then there's Cakir, the one who sent Nani off against Madrid. He's very highly rated in UEFA and has done almost every other high profile match apart from this.