A woman will whistle again in a Liga MX match;  Katia Itzel García will direct Pachuca vs.  Querétaro – La Opinion

A woman will whistle again in a Liga MX match; Katia Itzel García will direct Pachuca vs. Querétaro – La Opinion

after 20 years a female referee will direct a Liga MX match, as whistler Katia Itzel García is scheduled in the game between Pachuca vs. Querétaro on matchday 11 of the Clausura 2024 tournament, following the path that referee Virginia Tovar began in 2004 in the match between Irapuato vs. America.

On that occasion, the presence of Professor Virgina Tovar marked a milestone in Mexican soccer, demonstrating a total openness against the gender barriers that supposedly existed in Aztec football.

Two decades ago, at the head of the whistlers There was the former Peruvian international Arturo Yamasaki, who was encouraged to give a chance to Mrs. Tovar, who had an acceptable job in the duel on date 4 of the Clausura 2004 tournament, held on February 22 of that year at the Sergio León Chávez stadium. .

In this confrontation,The “Freseros” beat the Águilas 2-1 with goals from the Argentine Diego Garay and the Ecuadorian Edison Méndez, while the Chilean Reinaldo Navia scored for the Americanists.

Virginia Tovar’s performance was dotted with controversy when at the end of the game the Americanist figure Cuauhtémoc Blanco sent the whistler to wash the dishes, as a result of the frustration that the defeat against the Guanajuatoans represented.

A female referee as central judge 20 years later

Now, twenty years later, history repeats itself with the programming of Katia Itzel García in the duel between the Tuzos and the Gallos Blancosin an important fact for the growth and development of the whistlers who belong to the Mexican Soccer Referee Commission.

The whistler Katia Itzel will lead the referee triplet that will perform at the Hidalgo Stadium, corresponding to date 11 of the Clausura 2024 tournament, which is completed with line judges Alberto Morías and Erick Durón, as well as the fourth official, Ismael Rosario López

Who is Katia Itzel García Mendoza?

The whistler who will act as central judge in the duel between Pachuca vs. Irapuato, Katia Itzel García was born on September 1, 1992 in Mexico City and for 8 years she has been a professional whistler.

At 32 years old, Katia Itzel has a professional academic career with a degree in Political Science and Administration, as well as development in arbitration that began in the TDP League and from there to the Premier League, Basic Forces Tournaments of the Liga MX, Sub-13, Sub-15, Sub-17, Sub-20, as well as Liga MX Femenil and Liga de Expansión MX.

So far he has experience as a central judge in the Liga Expansión MX in the Clausura 2023 tournament when he directed in the games where La Paz defeated Tapatío 0-2 and UdeG tied without goals with Atlante.

As well as fourth referee in the game on date 8 of the Apertura 2023 tournament of the Liga MX where Pumas defeated Atlético de San Luis 3-2, as well as in the Final of the Apertura 2022 of the Liga MX Femenil.

On an international level, he has participations in She Believes Cup; Concacaf Under-17, Under-20 and W Championship Qualifying Tournaments, with her being the referee of the final; as well as the U-17 Women’s World Cup in India, where she also served justice in the grand final.

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International whistler Katia Itzel García is the second woman in two decades to officiate a Liga MX match. Photo: Alejandro Gutiérrez/Imago7.

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