Bundesliga appoint their first ever female referee, Bibiana Steinhaus, in European first


"It acts as a confirmation of the hard work I have done to get here and an even greater incentive to keep working harder to go further", Steinhaus said.

Bibiana Steinhaus, who is dating former Premier League referee Howard Webb, has been a German FA referee since 1999 and has taken charge of 80 second division matches since 2007.

Bibiana Steinhaus will be the first woman ever to referee in the German top flight after the German Football Association (DFB) named her on the list of referees for the 2017-18 Bundesliga season.

The Bundesliga will feature a female referee for the first time next season.

"I don't seek out public attention and my colleagues know me well enough to know that".

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"My dream has always been to referee professional football matches".

Demirbay was banned for five matches, and his club made him referee a girls' youth match.

Steinhaus has officiated at worldwide level since 2005.

Steinhaus, who also officiated the 2015 women's World Cup final between the United States and Japan, isn't just breaking the glass ceiling in Germany, but it appears in all of European top-flight soccer.

DFB president Reinhard Grindel added: "I would like to thank the referees' committee for their decision that consistent work and consistently good performance in the field of referees will be rewarded, irrespective of gender. I'm very much looking forward to the task that awaits me", Steinhaus told BBC Sport.