The Tunisian referee Dorsaf Ganoiati scored yet another goal in her career on Saturday, when she made history by refereeing a match in the Tunisian League. She’s the first woman to referee a men’s first division match in Tunisia.
Throughout her career, she refereed numerous football matches, however, Saturday’s match between Spérance Sportive de Tunis and Club Athlétique Bizertin marked her second time adjudicating a men’s match at a professional level. She already made her debut back in 2017, when she took on the role of lead referee in a second division match between Stade Tunisien and Union Monastir.
Ganoiati spoke to France24 prior to the match and said that “she was first surprised to learn that she had been selected as the referee, admitting that it would be a challenge”. Describing the match as a success after it ended, she added, “I hope some will understand that women can do the job, even better than men sometimes”.