Steinhaus to become Bundesliga´s first female referee

Steinhaus to become Bundesliga´s first female referee

Steinhaus says she aims "to make female referees a normal part of professional football and show simply that they belong in the game".

"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.

Steinhaus is one of four new referees in Germany's top flight next season announced by the German FA (DFB) on Friday.

Bibiana Steinhaus has officiated men's soccer matches before in Germany's top-flight Bundesliga, but always as an assistant on the sidelines. "On one hand it is confirmation of my hard work, and on the other hand it is a great incentive to continue to work hard", she added.

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".

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

However, before she starts in the Bundesliga next season; however, she has some big matches ahead of her. Steinhaus will referee the UEFA Women's Champions League between Lyon and Paris-Saint Germain on June 1. Upset about his team's lackluster performance, Bayern's then-Manager Pep Guardiola exchanged words with Steinhaus on the sideline before attempting to put his arm around her. Steinhaus coolly brushed him off, while German media heavily criticized the Spaniard, who now manages Manchester City.

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