Bibiana Steinhaus becomes the Bundesliga's first female referee

Lynette Rowe
May 20, 2017

Steinhaus has refereed second-tier games for six years.

"For every referee, male or female, it is the goal to officiate in the Bundesliga", said Steinhaus, who is being promoted with three male colleagues, in a statement.

Referee Bibiana Steinhaus has been promoted to the Bundesliga next season as the first women working games in Germany‚à "ôs top division".

The German Football Association (DFB) hopes the announcement will encourage more females to become referees.

"Of course, I'm aware that I will be the first (female referee) in the Bundesliga and, especially at the beginning of the new season, will face particular attention from the public and the media".

And in December 2015 during a second-division game she sent off Kerem Demirbay for a second booking.

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Demirbay was banned for five matches, and his club made him referee a girls' youth match.

Martin Petersen, Sven Jablonski and Soeren Storks will join the Bundesliga from August along with Steinhaus while Wolfgang Stark, Guenter Perl and Joachim Drees step down due to age limits.

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As well as refereeing, Steinhaus works as a police officer, but will now be taking charge of the likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

"I am used to this pressure and am convinced I will find my feet quickly in the Bundesliga".

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