(CNN) — Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp directed the praise for history-making referee Stephanie Frappart following her operation at the European Super Cup final.
The Frenchwoman became the first female referee to officiate a significant men’s European match, as Liverpool defeated Chelsea 5-4 on penalties after an entertaining clash had ended 2-2 after extra time.
Frappart, who took charge of their 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 match that if we would have played as if they whistled, we would have won 6-0,” Klopp said to Liverpool’s official site. “This was my complete opinion. They played a game.
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“I advised her also I am not pleased with the punishment decision since I’m still not sure that it was a punishment, but it is not important anymore.”
The German trainer was speaking to the penalty awarded to Chelsea for a foul on striker Tammy Abraham, which allowed Jorginho to equalize at the 101st minute.
In possibly the game’s only moment of contention, Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian admitted he”touched him” but thought Abraham was”was searching for” the penalty.
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“They’re really good,” Klopp included of the officers. “Whatever you may have thought before the match, there was tension on them such as hell having an early moment.
“Staying by yourself, remaining calm and do what you have to do, pick very essential things in a really hard and intense match, I couldn’t have more respect, to be honest. It was really a brilliant performance.”
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