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Bundesliga announce Bibiana Steinhaus as first female referee

38-year-old will officiate Hertha Berlin

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Bibiana Steinhaus will make history in Germany on Sunday when she becomes the first woman to referee a Bundesliga game, reports the daily Mail

The German football federation announced 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, having taken charge of German Cup games, too.

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has already showed she may be treated differently to her male colleagues when he played a trick on her during the side's cup tie at Chemnitzer in August.

Ribery untied one of her bootlaces as he pretended to put the ball in place for a free kick. Steinhaus passed it off by giving Ribery a couple of playful punches in response, but it is debatable whether the French forward would have attempted the same trick had he been dealing with a male referee.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4862866/Bundesliga-make-history-female-referee.html#ixzz4s5pfSib5
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