SARAH THOMAS , THE FIRST WOMAN REFEREE IN AMERICAN FOOTBALL The NFL has promoted her to line judge in the League. So far had conducted matches at college level only

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Arriving from Los Angeles Times the report that surprised sports circles in the United States. A major North American professional League of American football (Nfl)has publicly announced to have appointed Sarah Thomas, as the first woman referee in the history of sport. This year will be the judge, and then, in subsequent seasons, will be employed as Clerk of the course in all respects. Thomas, born in 1973, mother of three children, former basketball player who switched over to football, is a pharmaceutical representative by profession: last summer she had also taken part in a couple of ‘camp like that of the Cleveland Browns and until now had been a football referee only at college in Conference Usa.

“I grew up with my brothers, I know how to deal with men,” said Sarah. I am a woman, but when I’m on the field, first and foremost, I am a referee. Respect the players and they respect me. I don’t feel a ‘ pioneer. I do this work because I like it “. In fact, she officially becomes the first woman referee who has been appointed permanently, not as a reserve in the NFL, because as early as 2012, on occasion of the referees strike, among the replacements to be “recruited” was Shannon Eastin. In American sports, it is not the first example of women-referees: in the Nba, for example, there are two: Lauren Holtkamp and Violet Palmer.

Translation provided by Marina Stronati

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