Saturday 24 February 2018

Footballer forced to referee girls match after aiming sexist remark at match official

Darragh Sullivan

Fortuna Dusseldorf player Kerem Demirbay has been made referee a girls' soccer match following sexist comments he made towards a referee.

The incident occurred in their 2-1 win over fellow Bundesliga 2 side Frankfurt. Demirbay had been sent off by referee Bibi Steinhaus for two bookable offences when the comments were made.

Demirbay reportedly told the referee 'women have no place in men's football'.

He picked up a three-game ban, with another two suspended and later apologised for his actions by telephoning Steinhaus. It is understood his apology was accepted.

Steinhaus is currently the only female referee in Bundesliga 2 and is also a regular fourth official in Germany’s top flight.

Fortuna Dusseldorf sporting director Rachid Azzouzi has condemned the actions of the 22-year-old Turk by handing him a lengthy ban but also making him referee a girls' football match.

Proof of this was shown on the club’s Facebook page with the picture captioned “This is what happens when a young player makes a mistake!”

The Turkey Under-21 international arrived for the match kitted out in designer clothing, and actually officiated the match wearing a large coat, scarf and skinny jeans along with ankle-high boots.

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