Bundesliga signs up first woman referee for next season

Doug Mendoza
May 20, 2017

"It is on the one hand confirmation for the hard work I've done to get here, on the other hand also great incentive to continue to work". She refereed the 2011 Women's World Cup final, the 2012 London Olympic final, and will work the Women's Champions League final on June 1 in Cardiff, Wales.

The Bundesliga has confirmed that Bibiana Steinhaus will become the first women to referee a German top flight match next season after being named on the official list of match officials for 2017/18, becoming the first female referee across Europe's five biggest leagues.

"It has always been my dream to referee in the Bundesliga.

Speaking to the DFB's official website, Steinhaus said: "[Referees chief] Lutz Michael Frohlich and his team are in constant exchange with us referees. Back in 2015, she sent off Fortuna Dusseldorf's Kerem Demirbay, who responded by saying that "Women have no place in football".

As a further punishment, his club made Demirbay, who now plays for Hoffenheim, referee a girl's football match.

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Bibiana Steinhaus has been appointed as the first female referee in the Bundesliga.

Steinhaus coolly brushed Guardiola's arm off and the Spaniard was criticised in the German media for inappropriate conduct.

Steinhaus, who works as a police officer in Hamburg and is known for her clear, communicative officiating style, isn't anxious about running into any potentially sexist situations next season, however.

"I am used to this pressure and am convinced I will find my feet quickly in the Bundesliga". "My goal is for female referees in professional soccer to become commonplace".

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