Washington referee becomes first female to officiate a football league match

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A Washington referee has become the first female to be appointed to a football league match.

Rebecca Welch, who's refereed internationally and in the Women's Super League, made history when she took charge of Harrogate Town's match against Port Vale on Easter Monday. 

Ahead of the match, Rebecca spoke to ITV Tyne Tees about the pride, regarding her achievement.

I do think it's important that we highlight it as a good opportunity for young girls who are maybe thinking about taking up a whistle or are already referees and they aspire to be football league referees.

Rebecca Welch

Post-game, Harrogate boss Simon Weaver praised Rebecca for her professionalism and hoped more women will follow in her footsteps to make such events a normality.

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