Carvajal Becomes First Woman To Referee Professional Men's Match In Chile
Faizan Hashmi 8 days ago Sat 08th December 2018 | 12:51 AM
Santiago, Dec 7 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 7th Dec, 2018 ) :Chile will become the latest country to boast a female referee in men's professional football, following the announcement by the league (ANFP) that Maria Belen Carvajal will take charge of a second division match this weekend.
"I was not expecting it, it was a surprise," Carvajal said in a statement. "They called me to congratulate me on my efforts in the Under-17 World Cup in Uruguay and then they told me I was going to referee in the second division.
"I am happy because I know that the referee's commission has confidence in me.
Last year, Germany's Bibiana Steinhaus became the first to do it in Europe, taking charge of the Bundesliga match between Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen. She refereed eight games and is on the list again this season.
Sian Massey-Ellis has acted as an assistant referee in England's Premier League since 2010 but has yet to take charge of a game.