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Bundesliga signs up first woman referee for next season

19 May 2017, 10:49 | Jan Cross

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The German Football Association (DFB) have confirmed Bibiana Steinhaus will become the country's first-ever female referee.

A 38-year-old police officer, Steinhaus will referee the 2017 Women's Champions League final between Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain on June 1.

In an interview published on the German football federation's website, Steinhaus, who is being promoted with three male colleagues, said she felt "disbelief, delight, joy, relief, curiosity".

Steinhaus said she experienced "a complete roller coaster of emotion" upon hearing the news that she was among the four new lead referees selected to take charge of matches next season. "It is on the one hand confirmation for the hard work on the way to here, on the other hand also great incentive as so far to continue to work". Steinhaus was designated as one of the refs at the Women's World Cup finals in 2011 and 2015 as well as the 2012 London Olympics.

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"It was always a dream to reach the Bundesliga, and of course it feels fantastic that this dream has come true. This shows that in refereeing it is performance that counts", she added.

"I'm really looking forward to the task that awaits me".

With regards to the English Premier League, Sian Massey-Ellis has been an assistant referee since December 2010, although she has yet to referee a game at that level.



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