FIFA rejected the proposal for the male referee to control the women’s World Cup (Part 2)

Tension is evident on the faces of many Cameroon players. They left the dressing room during the mid-game break very early, and walked onto the pitch with a tense expression. At the beginning of the second half, Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout was intervened by VAR, stripping a goal. This player burst into tears on the pitch, interrupting the match.

After England set the score 3-0, Cameroon played rough. Referee Qin missed the obvious penalty when Fran Kirby was fouled by Ysis Sonkeng in Cameroon’s penalty area. After that, the African team had two red cards left when Parris was beaten and Houghton was stepped on his foot, even though the referee team had VAR technology. Earlier, at the beginning of the match, Cameroon’s Augustine Ejangue also caused a disturbance when spitting on Toni Duggan’s hand.

Qin Luong’s way of playing the game made both England and Cameroon criticized. “They don’t want any African team to win,” said coach Alan Djeumfa. England coach Phil Neville was also upset: “I was ashamed for 90 minutes, sitting there and constantly witnessing the worst actions ever seen on the pitch.”

Male referees are not allowed to participate in women’s events, but female referees still participate in men’s tournaments. At the Women’s World Cup 2019, there are three female referees working in the men’s soccer tournament, including Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany), Stephanie Frappart (France) and Claudia Umpierrez (Uruguay).

Referees for women in World Cups

Bibiana Steinhaus, Esther Staubli or Teodora Albon are all well-known female referees in women’s football tournaments such as the World Cup or Champions League.

1. Ms. Bibiana Steinhaus (born March 24, 1979) is the first German female referee in Germany’s professional football system. In the domestic league, Ms. Steinhaus used to hold the weight of the Bundesliga matches (for women). She also served as an arbitrator in several other international competitions such as the 2008 FIFA World Cup U20, UEFA Euro 2009.