Bundesliga appoints Bibiana Steinhaus as first female referee

The German Football Association (DFB) said the 38-year-old Steinhaus was one of four officials who would make the step up for the 2017/18 campaign from the second division.

And she took charge of the women's gold medal match between Japan and the United States of America at the 2012 Olympic Games.

"Bibiana Steinhaus has been one of the world's best referees for many years, and has proved to be one of the top-ranked judges in Germany in recent Bundesliga matches", said Deutscher Fussball-Bund Vice President Ronny Zimmermann.

The German FA (DFB) announced on Friday that Bibiana Steinhaus is set to become the Bundesliga's first ever female referee starting next season. "It acts as a confirmation of the hard work I have done to get here and an even greater incentive to keep working harder to go further", Steinhaus said.

Steinhaus made headlines in October 2014 when then Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola put his arm around her shoulders, when she was the fourth official at a Bundesliga game, while arguing about a refereeing decision.

And in December 2015 during a second-division game she sent off Kerem Demirbay for a second booking. Steinhaus coolly brushed him off, while German media heavily criticized the Spaniard, who now manages Manchester City. I am used to this pressure and am convinced I will find my feet quickly.

"I'm really looking forward to the task that awaits me".

  • Julie Sanders