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Stephanie Frappart becomes first woman to referee Ligue 1 match

Stephanie Frappart made history on Sunday.

Stephanie Frappart became the first female referee to officiate a Ligue 1 match when she took charge of the match between Amiens and Strasbourg on Sunday.

Frappart, the only referee from France who will be officiating at the Women's World Cup to be held in the country from June 7 to July 7, was also the first woman to officiate a Ligue 2 (second-tier) match.

Sunday's match ended 0-0 but Frappart was kept busy, booking four players in all, three of whom were from Strasbourg.

Strasbourg manager Thierry...

Ligue 1 to have first female referee for Amiens vs. Strasbourg clash

A female referee will take charge of a Ligue 1 game  for the first time this weekend in an historic move for French football.

Stephanie Frappart will officiate the top flight contest between Amiens and Strasbourg on Sunday, making the step up after five years as a Ligue 2 referee.

It remains to be seen whether Frappart will become a permanent fixture in Ligue 1 next season, but France's refereeing chief, Pascal Garibian, said her upcoming role at the FIFA Women's World Cup was a factor behind...

Dijon-Amiens match halted following racist abuse of Prince Gouano

Amiens defender Prince Desir Gouano, centre, points at supporters after hearing racists insults on Friday.

Dijon's Ligue 1 game against visiting Amiens was interrupted for five minutes on Friday when the teams stopped playing after French defender Prince Gouano was subjected to alleged racist abuse.

"We are in the 21st century, what happened is unacceptable," Amiens' Gouano said on beIN Sports. "I wanted to make a point when I asked to stop play. We are all equal."

The French League (LFP) said in a statement that Dijon had identified a man who abused Gouano and that he had been arrested.

The LFP added...