Tuesday 21 November 2017

History is made after Bibiana Steinhaus becomes the Bundesliga’s first female referee

How long will the Premier League have to wait for its first female referee?

Referee Bibiana Steinhaus shakes the hands of footballers before a Bundesliga match
Referee Bibiana Steinhaus shakes the hands of footballers before a Bundesliga match

By Max McLean

Bibiana Steinhaus became the first female referee in the Bundesliga when she oversaw the 1-1 draw between Werder Bremen and Hertha Berlin on Sunday.

The 38-year-old, who is also a police officer, joined Germany’s leading division in May following six years in the second tier.

She officiated Bayern Munich’s first-round DFB-Pokal defeat of Chemnitzer in August, the Women’s Champions League final earlier this year, and also at Euro 2017.

The development follows Lorraine Watson becoming the first female referee in Scottish men’s football on Saturday, when League Two Edinburgh City defeated Berwick 1-0.

Matthew Leckie’s 39th-minute goal had given Hertha a half-time lead, but Thomas Delaney equalised for Werder 11 minutes into the second half.

How long will the Premier League have to wait for its first female referee?

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