Referee Steinhaus promoted as 1st women in Bundesliga

Sandy Mccarthy
May 20, 2017

Having refereed 80 second-tier games in Germany already, Steinhaus understands the challenge.

She has also worked in the second division of the Bundesliga for a decade.

Steinhaus is believed to be dating former English referee Howard Webb, who famously took charge of the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands.

Referee Bibiana Steinhaus has been promoted to the Bundesliga next season as the first women working games in Germany‚à "ôs top division". I am used to this pressure and am convinced I will find my feet quickly.

"I don't seek out public attention and my colleagues know me well enough to know that".

"My style during a game is characterised by intensive communication", she said.

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"My dream has always been to referee professional football matches". Steinhaus coolly brushed him off, while German media heavily criticized the Spaniard, who now manages Manchester City.

The player, Kerem Demirbay, was roundly criticized for his remark and banned five games by the league.

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.

Since 2011, Steinhaus has served in Bundesliga 2 matches and also officiated the USA women's national team vs Japan in the 2012 Olympic gold medal match.

DFB 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".

"I've been following her path for many years and am very much looking forward to it", he said.

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