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Israel’s first transgender soccer referee takes the pitch as a lady

Sapir Berman is following within the footsteps of British soccer referee Lucy Clark, who turned transgender in 2018.

Referee Sapir Berman works throughout an Israeli Premier League soccer match between Hapoel Haifa and Beitar Jerusalem. AP

The primary transgender soccer referee in Israeli soccer entered the sector on Monday for the primary time since her public launch as a lady final week.

Sapir Berman whistled as the top referee to start out the Hapoel Haifa vs Beitar Jerusalem match.

She was greeted with little fanfare by the sparse crowd at Sami Ofer Stadium. A Haifa fan held up a “Sapir Berman tremendous lady” signal.

Through the pre-match warm-ups and in the course of the match, it was enterprise as normal for the gamers. Some chatted and laughed along with her earlier than kick-off. Beitar Jerusalem fan Omer Weiss instructed Israeli public broadcaster Kan that “we have now nothing private towards anybody. Everybody ought to reside in their very own approach. “

Monday evening’s recreation within the northern port metropolis of Haifa was postponed a day after Israel declared Sunday a nationwide day of mourning for the 45 individuals killed in final week’s stampede in a spiritual celebration.

Berman labored as a soccer referee for a number of years within the Israeli Premier League and introduced final week that she had come out publicly as a lady. She stated she had obtained assist from household, followers, soccer officers and gamers.

Berman is following within the footsteps of British soccer referee Lucy Clark, who turned transgender in 2018.

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