The confessions of the French referees selected for the World Cup!

The confessions of the French referees selected for the World Cup!

Qatar. Country with an area of ​​11,586 km present on everyone’s lips in recent weeks. And for cause. Located on a small peninsula that juts out into the Persian Gulf, this Middle Eastern emirate will host the 2022 World Cup from November 20 to December 18. A long-awaited World Cup by fans of the round ball, as many of the citizens of this Earth comment. Beyond human, climatic and social considerations, this great soccer mass will also offer the right to six French referees to officiate on Qatari lands. With two main referees, Stéphanie Frappart and Clément Turpin -something that had not happened since the Joël Quiniou and Michel Vautrot duo in Italy in 1990-, tricolor refereeing thus finds colors, at least on the international scene. To the delight of the two interested parties, accompanied by assistants Cyril Gringore and Nicolas Danos, as well as VARs Benoît Millot and Jérôme Brisard.

What’s next after this announcement?

Recognition of French arbitration

Gathered during a press conference this Thursday at the Clairefontaine National Football Center, these six officials expressed their emotion for the first time. Starting with Stéphanie Frappart, one of six center referees promoted to the 2022 World Cup: “I learned it a bit like everyone else, when FIFA sent the list to the federations, necessarily very moved because not necessarily planned. As for the players, the coaches or the teams, a World Cup is truly the pinnacle both in football and in all sports. It is the biggest competition, so inevitably I am very excited and very honored to participate (…) I started refereeing in 1996 and at the beginning it was still a passion without necessarily going by levels. When I made my first games in Ligue 1, I didn’t have international competition in mind. It’s really something that supports a refereeing career from the start.”. A pride also present in the speech of Clément Turpin, already present in Russia during the coronation of the Blues (two matches refereed) and who had also distinguished himself by directing the last Champions League final at the Stade de France between Real Madrid and Liverpool.

“It is a real pride for the tricolor arbitration and the result of 15 years of work and investment. It is a beautiful message for the 22,982 French referees and the 980 in my League (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, editor’s note) where I work every day to show that refereeing is great.the 40-year-old referee noted in particular before returning to the controversies currently shaking the French championship. “It is my 14th season in Ligue 1, I have seen them green and immature. There are always ups and downs. I take a lot of height compared to that, even if I know it’s very hectic right now. I put things in perspective and focus on my next challenges”. “For us, it’s the promotion of French refereeing, we’ve seen it for a few years now, whether it’s Clément Turpin, Benoît Bastien, François Letexier, we’re on the European scene, that means French-style training and French refereeing is Recognized by UEFA and now by FIFA, it is the recognition of the work done in France abroad and it is really gratifying both for refereeing and for French football in general.outbid Stéphanie Frappart.

A common determination despite different stories

Relaxed about the presence of six women during this competition, the 38-year-old French referee who will officiate together with the Rwandan Salima Mukansanga and the Japanese Yoshimi Yamashita -in addition to three other women designated as assistants- also recalled that all this was part of an evolution logic, based -above all and only- on skills: “Women’s refereeing has entered the landscape of men’s football and now it is no longer a question of gender, but of skills (…) It is also a strong signal from FIFA and the authorities to have women referees in that country. I’m not a feminist spokesperson, but if that can make things happen…”declared the native of Plessis-Bouchard in the Val d’Oise, acknowledging in passing “positive pressure” come to this event. Also present during this meeting scheduled for the Jules-Rimet space of the INF Clairefontaine, the two regular attendees of Clément Turpin: Cyril Gringore and Nicolas Danos have also expressed their impatience.

Elu meilleur arbitre assistant de Ligue 1 la saison passée et present sur la pelouse du Stade de France en mai dernier lors de la finale de la Ligue des Champions, Cyril Gringore (50 ans), que prendra sa retraite en fin d’année, espère first of all “make the most of it”highlighting in particular the importance of “group life outside of matches” to maintain “a good understanding and avoid possible conflicts” throughout the competition. “We called immediately with Nicolás (Danos), it’s a highlight, it’s the culmination, it’s something exceptional, I could never have imagined meeting myself at a World Cup. 32 years ago when I started refereeing, I worked a lot and it’s a great happiness when you receive We realize with 6 arbitrators, the largest contingent among the arbitrators called, that French arbitration works quite well.. “I hope he really likes it, you can write that, I hope he really likes it! (laughs)”for his part, in a relaxed tone, confided Clément Turpin, together with Cyril Gringore since 2016. Emotions just as present in Nicolas Danos’s speech. “I always question myself after a match, but when you do a competition like this, you are even more encouraged. It’s a magical moment.”.

“A successful World Cup is first and foremost a successful first match!”

Summoned by the VAR during this period, Benoît Millot and Jérôme Brisard, questioned at length about the semi-automatic offside that will be tested for the occasion, did not fail to recall the usefulness of this technological development. one more tool “readable” for the viewer, also allowing “faster decision making”. A latency period that has been criticized especially by the VAR in recent months. Cheerful at the idea of ​​joining Qatar next November – all the referees will meet on November 9 for an internship in Doha that will allow everyone to prepare as well as possible and adapt to local conditions – the two referees have also expressed their respective emotions. Delighted “this personal and collective recognition”Jérôme Brisard also wanted to send a strong message to one of his counterparts: “Clément (Turpin) is our locomotive and he carried us all in his wake”. For his part, Benoît Millot also confessed a certain pride at being in the middle of this refereeing body. Recognizing a professionalization of the function, the 40-year-old man, despite everything, insisted on remembering that the most difficult part remained.

“It sheds a positive light on French refereeing. what is talked about a lot There are no gifts, sesame that FIFA gives, you have to work hard, you have to be efficient to aspire to be on the spot and be recognized. We hope that French arbitration will be the most worthily represented. We will all try to make our French colors shine. There is a personal, collective but also federal joy, it also highlights all the people who have accompanied us for years. Probably not everything is perfect but we work, we try to be as efficient as possible and this work bears fruit (…) We have the enormous joy, happiness, pleasure, privilege of being selected for this contest but beware that everything remains to be done, everything is always precarious in the world of arbitration”. Now it’s up to the 36 central referees, 69 assistants and 24 VAR officials to recite their score with as few false notes as possible. “A successful World Cup is first and foremost a successful first match. Then we’ll let ourselves go…”recalled, as such, Clément Turpin.

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