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Updated December 23rd, 2023 at 23:48 IST

Burnley beats Fulham in first EPL game handled by a female referee

Burnley scored long-range goals through Wilson Odobert and Sander Berge to beat Fulham 2-0 in the first English Premier League game to be handled by a female referee on Saturday. Rebecca Welch was the match official for the game.

Reported by: Associated Press Television News
Rebecca Welch
Rebecca Welch | Image:AP
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Burnley scored long-range goals through Wilson Odobert and Sander Berge to beat Fulham 2-0 in the first English Premier League game to be handled by a female referee on Saturday.

Rebecca Welch was the match official for the game at Craven Cottage in a landmark moment for the competition, and she made her first big intervention when brandishing a yellow card to Calvin Bassey late in the first half after the defender struck Josh Brownhill with his hand.

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Burnley, which earned its third win, took the lead in the 47th minute after neat build-up play saw the ball arrive at the feet of Odobert. He took a touch and curled a shot into the top right corner of the net.

Berge made it 2-0 after 66 minutes when he retrieved the ball on the halfway line and drove to the edge of Fulham’s box where he rifled his strike past Bernd Leno.

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Next-to-last Burnley stayed in the relegation zone but moved to within three points of safety.

It was mid-table Fulham's second straight league loss, with those defeats coming either side of a quarterfinal win over Everton in the English League Cup.

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Published December 23rd, 2023 at 23:48 IST

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