Steinhaus to become Bundesliga´s first female referee

Steinhaus to become Bundesliga´s first female referee

Referee Bibiana Steinhaus has been promoted to the Bundesliga next season as the first women working games in Germany‚à "ôs top division".

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.

Bibiana Steinhaus has previously been a fourth official for Bundesliga matches and although a German FA (DFB) referee since 1999, she knows the spotlight will be on her when she takes charge of a top-flight game.

"Speaking to the DFB's official website, Steinhaus said: "[Referees chief] Lutz Michael Frohlich and his team are in constant exchange with us referees.

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"It has always been my dream to be a Bundesliga referee". I am used to this pressure and am convinced I will find my feet quickly.

Steinhaus coolly brushed Guardiola's arm off and the Spaniard was criticised in the German media for inappropriate conduct.

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

Steinhaus has officiated at global level since 2005. Steinhaus was designated as one of the refs at the Women's World Cup finals in 2011 and 2015 as well as the 2012 London Olympics. "Hopefully (she). will motivate many young girls in our country to imitate her", he said. "I'm very much looking forward to the task that awaits me", Steinhaus told BBC Sport.