A woman will officiate at next month’s Super Bowl for the first time, the NFL has announced.
Sarah Thomas, 47, will be a down judge at the world’s biggest annual sporting event.
“Her elite performance and commitment to excellence has earned her the right to officiate the Super Bowl.
“Congratulations to Sarah on this well-deserved honor,” said NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent.
Ms Thomas became the league’s first full-time female official in 2015, making her regular season debut in September that year.
She will join a male-dominated staff of officials for the big game in Tampa, Florida, on 7 February.
Home town side Tampa Bay Buccaneers are due to play Green Bay Packers for a place in the game, while their opponents will be either Buffalo Bills or defending champions Kansas City Chiefs.
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NFL bosses have yet to reveal how many fans will be able to attend due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Reports have suggested it could be around 20%, with fans sitting in groups and having to wear masks.
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