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Welch to become first woman to referee in Premier League

Rebecca Welch will become the first woman to referee a Premier League game when she takes charge of Fulham vs. Burnley on Dec. 23.

Sam Allison will also become the first black referee in a game for 15 years, following in the footsteps of Uriah Rennie.

Wendy Toms was the first woman assistant to run the line in the Premier League, and was followed more recently by Natalie Aspinall and Sian Massey-Ellis.

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Last month, Welch became the first woman to act as fourth official when she was at the technical area for Fulham's game against Manchester United last month, and now she has been given a game of her own.