Championship match officiated by woman for first time

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The Independent Football

Last night, Amy Fearn became the first female referee to officiate a Championship game.

During Coventry's match against Nottingham Forest at the Ricoh Arena, referee Tony Bates, who officiated from kick off, was forced to substitute himself off because of injury.

Assistant referee Fearn was then called upon to move into the middle for the final 20 minutes of the match.

Fearne saw out the remainder of the game, including six minutes of injury time, without any controversy.