Bibiana Steinhaus to become first female referee in Bundesliga

Bibiana Steinhaus to become first female referee in Bundesliga

Bibiana Steinhaus to become first female referee in Bundesliga

"I'm very much looking forward to the task that awaits me", said Steinhaus, who will referee the Women's Champions League final between Lyon and Paris St-Germain in Cardiff on 1 June.

Bibiana Steinhaus will become the first female Bundesliga referee from next season.

A 38-year-old police officer will become the first woman to referee a top-flight match in Germany next season after being promoted to the Bundesliga.

"When Lutz Michael Fröhlich [the head of German referees] informed me, I was quite speechless", Steinhaus told the official German Football Association [DFB] on Friday.

"It has always been my dream to be active as a referee in the Bundesliga".

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Steinhaus has been a referee for 18 years and has overseen matches in the second tier of German football since 2011.

And in December 2015 during a second-division game she sent off Kerem Demirbay for a second booking. Meanwhile, the team Demirbay played on at the time, Fortuna Düsseldorf made the player officiate a girls' game as a leaning experience.

Bibiana Steinhaus of Germany officiates in the women's final soccer match featuring the USA against Japan at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London at Wembley Stadium, August 9, 2012.

"I am used to this pressure and am convinced I will find my feet quickly in the Bundesliga", she said.

Steinhaus coolly brushed Guardiola's arm off and the Spaniard was criticised in the German media for inappropriate conduct. "My goal is for female referees in professional soccer to become commonplace".

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