An Israeli Premier League soccer referee has come out as a transgender woman, in a first for Israeli soccer.
Sapir Berman, born Sagi, is expected to announce her transition at a joint press conference with the Israel Football Association set for Tuesday.
Berman has notified the Football Association and the Referee Association of her decision to transition; she began hormone treatment in recent months.
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The associations have supported Berman’s decision and said she would continue being part of the Premier League. So far, no transgender woman has served as a Premier League referee.
Berman, 28, has been a member of the Referees Association for a decade. This season she joined the Premier League and served as referee in three matches. But the hormones she is taking have affected her physical well-being, and in the past months she has served mainly as assistant referee. However, Berman will soon be able to return to her role as main referee.