Referee Stphanie Frappart: ‘Girls see me on TV and know it’s possible’

The official is regarded as one of Frances very best and will take charge of Liverpool v Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday Referees tend not to clapped on to the pitch, let alone greeted with purpose-made banners, but supporters of Amiens decided to make an exception before their match against Strasbourg in April. It was a historic occasion, the first top-flight mens match in France to be refereed by a woman, Stphanie Frappart. Welcome to the Stade de la Licorne, Madame Frappart, read a banner held aloft by home fans. Long live women in football! Maybe Liverpool and Chelsea fans are planning a similar display for when appointed for that Amiens versus Strasbourg match in April, the fixture suddenly received …

Ten big games to watch this weekend in the European leagues

The Premier League has ended but there is still a lot at stake in Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Turkey and Italy The Premier League has come to its conclusion, but there is plenty to play for across Europe. Here are 10 hugely significant matches to watch this weekend. Bayern Munich v Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga We start with a dramatic climax to the season in Germany where, much like with Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League, the reigning champions go into the final day of the season with a two-point lead over a club associated with Jrgen Klopp. Bayern had the opportunity to win the title last week, but they could only draw with in-form RB Leipzig. Facing Eintracht …

Adrien Rabiot: the golden boy who became PSGs French football outcast | Ed Aarons

Midfielder should be a force at his club but a contract stand-off and off-pitch behaviour have led to him being frozen out Its not that Im hiding away, insisted Adrien Rabiot the defeat a tweet from Patrice Evra which celebrated the clubs surprise exit. In this era of social media obsession, what greater crime could there be? Yet, as he has consistently proved since bursting on to the scene under Carlo Ancelotti at Parc des Princes, there is more to Rabiot than meets the eye. His issues at PSG date back to 2014 and Laurent Blancs spell in charge, when the young midfielder who spent a few months at Manchester Citys academy as a teenager was on the brink of …