Jurgen Klopp leads praise for history-making referee Stephanie Frappart

(CNN) — Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp directed the praise for history-making referee Stephanie Frappart after her performance at the European Super Cup final. The Frenchwoman became the first female referee to officiate a significant men’s European game, as Liverpool defeated Chelsea 5-4 on penalties after a fun battle had finished 2-2 after extra time. Frappart, who took control of the Women’s World Cup final in July, was supported by an all-female Group of assistants: France’s Manuela Nicolosi and Michelle O’Neill of the Republic of Ireland. “I told the ref team after the game that if we would have played they whistled, we would have won 6-0,” Klopp said to Liverpool’s official site. “This was my absolute opinion. They played a brilliant game. READ:’Adrian!’ Klopp hails Liverpool’s’Rocky’ at Super Cup win READ: Equal pay discussions between US Soccer and also USWNT break down “I informed her also that I am not happy with the punishment decision since I’m still not sure that it was a penalty, but it is not important anymore.” The German trainer was referring to the punishment awarded to Chelsea for a foul on striker Tammy Abraham, that allowed Jorginho to equalize at the 101st second. In possibly the game’s sole moment of emptiness, Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian confessed he”touched him” but believed Abraham was”was looking for” the penalty. See CNN.com/Sport for features, more information and videos “They were really great,” Klopp added of the officials. “Whatever you could have believed before the match, there was stress on them like hell having an historic moment. “Staying by yourself, staying calm and do what you have to do, pick very essential things in a very hard and extreme game, I couldn’t have more admiration, to be honest. It was really a fantastic performance.”

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