Sian Massey-Ellis becomes first Englishwoman to officiate men's European fixture

Sian Massey-Ellis
Sian Massey-Ellis officiated in the Community Shield between Manchester City in August

Sian Massey-Ellis has become the first Englishwoman to officiate in a men's European fixture in Thursday's Europa League Group D fixture between PSV Eindhoven and LASK.

In August, Massey-Ellis became the first woman to officiate in the Community Shield.

"It's been a dream of mine to officiate in a European competition," she said.

"It's definitely becoming more normal to see female officials in the men's game," added the 33-year-old.

Assistant referee Massey-Ellis joined referee Chris Kavanagh, fellow assistant Dan Cook and fourth official Peter Bankes for the 0-0 draw.

"Ultimately it shouldn't matter what gender, race or religion anyone is - it's about going out there and doing your job as best you can," she added.

Massey-Ellis has officiated in the Women's World Cup and the Women's Champions League final and is a regular in the Premier League.

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