Car­va­jal first woman to ref­eree men’s match in Chile

The Star Malaysia - - Sport -

SAN­TI­AGO: 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.

The 35-year-old, who was of­fi­ci­at­ing at the re­cent Un­der-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay, will ref­eree to­day’s match be­tween In­de­pen­di­ente de Cauquenes and Colch­agua.

“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 Un­der17 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.”

Car­va­jal, who has al­ready ref­er­eed Un­der-17 and Un­der-19 men’s matches, will be on duty at the Women’s World Cup in France next June.

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