(CNN) — Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp led the praise for history-making referee Stephanie Frappart after her operation at the European Super Cup final.
The Frenchwoman became the first female referee to officiate a major men’s European game, as Liverpool defeated Chelsea 5-4 on penalties after an entertaining clash had finished 2-2 after extra time.
Frappart, who took control of the Women’s World Cup final in July, was supported by an all-female team of supporters: France’s Manuela Nicolosi and Michelle O’Neill of the Republic of Ireland.
“I told the ref team following the game that if we’d have played just like they whistled, we would have won 6-0,” Klopp said to Liverpool’s official website. “That was my absolute opinion. They played a game that was fantastic.
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“I informed her as well I am not pleased with the penalty decision because I am still not sure that it was a punishment, but it’s not important anymore.”
The German coach was speaking to the punishment awarded to Chelsea for a foul on striker Tammy Abraham, which allowed Jorginho to equalize at the 101st second.
In possibly the game’s sole moment of contention, Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian confessed he”touched him” but believed Abraham was”was looking for” the penalty.
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“They’re really great,” Klopp included of the officials. “Whatever you might have believed before the game, there was tension on them such as hell having an historic moment.
“Staying by yourself, remaining calm and do what you need to do, decide very essential things in a really difficult and intense match, I could not have more respect, to tell the truth. It was really a fantastic performance.”

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