Since declaring himself a woman last week, Israel’s first transgender football referee entered the field for the first time on Monday.
Sapir Breman blew the referee’s whistle and opened the game between Hapoel Haifa and Beitar Jerusalem.
The sparse crowd on the Sammy Off Stadium greeted it with fanfare. Haifa fans’ slogans read “Sapir Berman (Sapir Berman) Super Woman”.
During warm-ups and matches, this is normal for the players. Before the game started, some people chatted with her and laughed. Omer Weiss, a supporter of Betar Jerusalem, told Israel’s Kann Public Radio: “We have no personal affairs with anyone. Everyone must live their own way.
On Monday afternoon, the match in the northern port city of Haifa was postponed for a day after Israel announced Sunday that 45 people who died in a stampede in a stampede held last week will mourn the country.
Berman served as a referee in the Israeli Premier League for several years and appeared as a transgender woman last week. He said he has the support of his family, fans, football authorities and players.
Berman followed in the footsteps of British referee Lucy Clark, who appeared as a transgender in 2018.