Selected for the next World Cup, Stéphanie Frappart speaks about the choice of Qatar.
To have decided to select three women among the central referees of the World Cup in Qatar, a first, “is a strong sign” of the football authorities, underlined the French Stéphanie Frappart Thursday.
“I am not the decision maker of the World Cup venue. The authorities have made their choice“, Estimated the 38-year-old referee, selected among the 36 central referees of the World Cup (November 20-December 18).
Asked about the choice of the gas emirate, regularly criticized for its respect for human rights and the place of women in its society, Stéphanie Frappart acknowledged that “sport often played a role“.
“One is always attentive when one is a woman in that country. I was there three four weeks ago and I was well received“, she said during a press briefing at the national football center, in Clairefontaine (Yvelines).
“It is also a strong sign from Fifa and the authorities to have women referee in that country. I’m not a feminist spokesperson, but if it can help things…she resumed.
Alongside the Rwandan Salima Mukansanga and the Japanese Yoshimi Yamashita – as well as three other women designated as assistants – Frappart will be on the whistle of at least one meeting in Qatar.
Frappart had already become the first female referee in the French second division (2014), in the men’s Ligue 1 (2019), in the European Supercup (August 2019), in the Champions League (December 2020) and in the final of the Coupe de France ( May 7).
In Qatar, the policy ofqatarization– that is to say the training and employment of a Qatari workforce, starting with positions of responsibility, in a country where 80% of the population is made up of expatriates – has enabled massive access to higher education and the job market.
Nevertheless, under the region’s common guardianship system, women remain tied to a male guardian, usually their father, brother, grandfather, uncle, or husband.
They need his authorization to make a number of decisions (such as getting married, studying or traveling abroad, taking up certain jobs, opening a bank account for their children, etc.).