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Referee Steinhaus promoted as 1st women in Bundesliga

Referee Steinhaus promoted as 1st women in Bundesliga

She also officiated during the 2011 and 2015 women's World Cups and the 2012 London Olympics, and will referee the women's Champions League final in Cardiff on June 1.

BUNDESLIGA chiefs have confirmed Bibiana Steinhaus will become the country's first-ever female referee.

Bibiana Steinhaus will become the first female referee to take charge of Bundesliga games next season after being promoted to the pool of top-flight officials on Friday.

German Football Federation president Reinhard Grindel added: "I would like to thank the referees' committee for their decision that consistent work and consistently good performance in the field of referees will be rewarded, irrespective of gender".

Steinhaus was born in Hannover, is 38 years of age and combines her refereeing with her job as a policewoman. It was simply a turbulent roller coaster ride of emotions. "It is on the one hand confirmation for the hard work on the way to here, on the other hand also great incentive as so far to continue to work". "I'm very much looking forward to the task that awaits me", Steinhaus told BBC Sport.

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


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