Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

First woman to referee in Bundesliga is also Webb's girlfriend

First woman to referee in Bundesliga is also Webb's girlfriend

38-year-old Steinhaus has taken charge of Bundesliga 2 matches since 2011, as well as refereeing the final of the women's London Olympic Games tournament between Japan and the United States, and has been rewarded for her performances with promotion to the Bundesliga for next season.

Bibiana Steinhaus will become the first female to referee in the Bundesliga.

Steinhaus will become the first female referee in the history of the Bundesliga when she officiates a match next season.

"When he informed me in our telephone call about the decision of the referee's commission, I was quite speechless".

Steinhaus, girlfriend of Englishman Howard Webb, 45, who refereed the 2010 World Cup final, said: "I have worked very hard for this in the last few years and suffered a few set-backs".

Steinhaus, a police officer, is one of four new referees added to the Bundesliga list but is aware she will face greater scrutiny than fellow newcomers Martin Petersen, Sven Jablonski and Soren Storks.

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

Bundesliga and has acted as the fouth official in a number of top flight games. Steinhaus coolly brushed him off, while German media heavily criticized the Spaniard, who now manages Manchester City. "Hopefully (she). will motivate many young girls in our country to imitate her", he said.

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