Sun 04 December 2022 | 13:21

Francesco Totti highlights the importance of seeing female referees at World Cup

Italian football legend Francesco Totti says having the first female referee at the World Cup is important for football.

Francesco Totti who was part of the Italiy squad that won the 2006 World Cup in Germany says results in

Qatar World Cup

show that football in recent years has reached a more global dimension.

Speaking to BeIN Sport, Totti said he has enjoyed the first few weeks of the World Cup in Qatar.

“As often happens there was a lot of controversy before the start of the World Cup but I cannot deny that I enjoyed following the group stage. I’m sorry that Italy isn’t here, but on a logistical level I saw several good things.

“And it is to FIFA’s credit that football in recent years has reached a more global dimension given the results on the pitch. It is no longer a novelty to see national teams like Japan, Morocco or Saudi Arabia beat stronger or more recognised teams.”

The French referee Stephanie Frappart became the first female referee to oversee a World Cup match in


match against Costa Rica.

Totti believes this is important news for football and hopes in the future seeing female referees for men’s games becomes normal.

“It is important, I say this also as the father of a girl and a little girl who will soon be women. But I hope that sooner or later this will no longer be news and that everything will become normal.”

The 32-year-old Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi also became the first woman to oversee a Serie A match earlier this season.

source: SportMob

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