Emanuela's dream comes true, she debuts as the first female referee on the green field
"I really want to judge once as the main, to be the first woman in history!" It was this wish expressed only 1 year ago by Emanuela Rusta, what everyone knows as the first Albanian female referee certified by FIFA which was realized very quickly.
Emanuela Rusta has made her absolute debut in the Albanian elite as the first referee in the challenge between Skënderbeu and Laçi, becoming the first woman in the history of Albanian football to lead a championship match as a main referee.
The talented judge of the Collegium of Elbasan, who has often been commented by the pink media, has said earlier that in our country a female judge still seems taboo.
The 27-year-old from Elbasan started 3 years ago her adventure in the green field, where she plays, but also speaks with the harsh language of stadiums, where violent incidents are not missing.
Her first match was the big Tirana-Partizani derby, where Emanula debuted as a side referee.
In her interviews, she said that in addition to the difficult "terrain" with the boys, she also encountered prejudices, as well as labels that are valued more for her physical appearance than for her profession, but for her these have already been overcome.
Emanuela, who represents Albanian football in the international arena, seems to find it easier to lead a match outside Albania where, as she said, the very culture of behavior and communication are light years away from the archaic Albanian mentality.