The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) has indeed announced in a press release published on Friday by the media the appointment of Ms. Karboubi, a policewoman, to lead the final of the Throne Cup between AS FAR, the Armed Forces club Moroccans, at the Moghreb Atletico de Tetouan (MAT) on Saturday in Agadir. This is a “first” in Morocco at the level of a final, according to the FRMF, but also in the Arab world.
Appointed international referee in 2016, the 34-year-old police officer had already become the first Moroccan woman to whistle in a first division match in the men’s professional championship. Most recently, she was part of the Video Assistance Refereeing (VAR) cell during the recent 2022 Africa Cup of Nations final between Senegal and Egypt.
Several female referees have made a name for themselves in men’s football in recent years. Thus Stéphanie Frappart became last Saturday the first woman to referee a Coupe de France final.