Running the line in the Premier League, having also refereed matches in the Women’s Super League, Sian Massey-Ellis is happy to be a pioneer for female officials.
The 31-year-old was awarded an MBE for services to football in the New Year’s Honours list and she is keen to keep inspiring young women.
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“I find that you stand out sometimes for the right reasons, so as long as I keep doing my job then hopefully it doesn’t matter that I’m a woman,” she told Sky Sports.
“Hopefully, I’m changing some people’s mindsets. I’d like to think that even if I inspire one or two girls to take up the whistle or flag then I’ve done a good job.”