Fearn targets Premier League

Amy Fearn has set her sights on officiating in the Premier League after making history by becoming the first woman to referee a Football League match.

Fearn, who has regularly officiated at league and Conference games as an assistant referee since 2005, took centre stage in the Championship game between Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City on Tuesday night.

She stepped in for the final 20 minutes of the match after original referee Tony Bates suffered a calf strain.

The 31-year-old has now set her sights on becoming the first female referee in the top-flight.

"It would be nice to referee in the Premier League one day but obviously the competition is harder," she told the Football League's official website.

"My next promotion target is running the line in that division but I started out as a ref and that is what I love doing – I want to continue being a referee.

"(Tuesday night) will of course raise the profile of women in football – it can only be a good thing for encouraging more women into the game.

"There is a great relationship between male and female officials – when the referee came off he told me to stay calm and do my best and it would be great to see more women come into the game.

"I understand there was a big reaction from the crowd but I don't remember it at the time.

"I'm glad there was nothing controversial in that 20 minutes. Football should be about the players not the officials."

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