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Transgender soccer referee makes Israeli sports activities historical past By Reuters

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© Reuters. Sapir Berman referees an Israeli Premier League soccer match in Haifa

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HAIFA, Israel (Reuters) – Sapir Berman made sports activities historical past on Monday, officiating at a soccer match in Israel’s Premier League for the primary time since popping out as transgender.

“This is step one in a protracted and fantastic journey. Sapir, we’re proud to do it with you,” the Israel Soccer Affiliation tweeted as she took the sector for the competition between Beitar Jerusalem and Hapoel Haifa.

At a information convention final Tuesday during which she publicly introduced her transition, Berman, at 26 already a high referee in Israel’s main soccer league, stated she had at all times seen herself as a feminine, even at a younger age.

She informed reporters that gamers had already begun utilizing the female type of phrases in Hebrew when addressing her.

“They actually really feel that they wish to someway participate on this course of and even converse to males when it is not crucial and converse to me as a girl. So thanks,” Berman stated.

Outdoors the stadium within the northern metropolis of Haifa, one fan carried a banner that hailed Berman as a “tremendous girl, unbelievable, courageous”.

Berman will not be the primary transgender referee within the soccer world. A British soccer referee, Lucy Clark, got here out as transgender in 2018.

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