Female referee set to make history in Germany

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Bibiana Steinhaus


History will be rewritten in Germany on Sunday when Bibiana Steinhaus becomes the first woman to referee a Bundesliga game.


The German football federation confirmed on Thursday that the 38-year-old police officer is to take charge of Hertha Berlin's home game against Werder Bremen, confirming her place among the league's elite group of 24 referees.

"She deserves it through her great performances,'' Bremen coach Alexander Nouri said.

Hoffenheim's Julian Nagelsmann added: "I'm happy. It's all the same to me if a man or a woman is refereeing -- the main thing is that they do the job well."

Steinhaus has already spent a decade refereeing in Germany's second division and she has plenty of experience with many of the country's top stars from taking charge of German Cup games, too.

The daughter of a ref, Steinhaus began by officiating women's games for the DFB in 1999. Steinhaus then became a FIFA referee in 2005 and earned her place in the second division in 2007, as the first female ref in German professional football.

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