The German Bundesliga have appointed its first female referee.
Bibiana Steinhaus makes history as she is promoted to referee in the top flight of the nations football structure. She has previously controlled 80 matches in the German second tier and has now earned the right to ply her trade at the top.
Steinhaus, 38, is a police officer and is one of four newly promoted refs in Germany for season 2017-2018. She is also in a relationship with former English referee Howard Webb, who refereed at the highest level, including the English Premier League, Champions League and World Cup.
Steinhaus, will be under huge scrutiny, especially by the press as she takes up her new role. Referee’s often get flack but when it is a female the abuse can often be tenfold, when a decision goes against a team and gets the fans backs up.
Howard Webb is said to be delighted and believes that English female referees will be seen in the top flight in the near future.
Steinhaus is not afraid of confrontation. In 2015 she sent off Fortuna Dusseldorf midfielder Kerem Demirbay for a second bookable offence. The player’s comments resulted in him receiving a five match ban when he said “women have no place in men’s football”
He later apologised but was ordered by his club to referee a girls’ football match as punishment.
She has a good mentor in Howard Webb and we wish Bibiana every success for the coming season.
Source : BBC
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