Official will make history on Sunday in Germany by becoming the first female referee to take charge of a domestic top-fight game in European elite league
HERTHA BERLIN are offering half-price tickets for women for Sunday’s historic game as Bibiana Steinhaus becomes the first female referee to take charge of a Bundesliga game.
The German Football Association (DFB) have confirmed the 38-year-old will take charge of the Bundesliga clash between Hertha and Werder Bremen at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.
In doing sdo, Steinhaus will become the first female ref in the German, English, French, Italian or Spanish leagues.
Hertha are offering up to 500 “Bibi-Steinhaus-tickets”, only available to women, at half-price.
The club said in a statement: “We want to offer all women the chance to experience this historic moment.”
Steinhaus has been refereeing since 2007 and has worked her way through the system taking charge of Bundesliga 2 games since 2011.
The police officer who is the partner of former Premier League ref Howard Webb, is fully aware she is making history but insists her progress is only an issue in the media.
She told the Hertha Berlin website: “For me and my referee colleagues, the fact that I am a woman hasn’t been an issue for a long time.
“But we probably all need to accept and deal with the fact that it will continue to be considered a big deal in the media for now.
“I’m a Bundesliga referee because my performances have been good enough, not because I’m a woman.
“If, because of that, I am considered a role model for young girls or a pioneer for equality, then that makes me even happier.
“I have a lot of experience now, which is an advantage in many situations.
I have different ways of dealing with and reacting to certain situations in the game now.
“On top of that, I have also overseen many games as a fourth official, in order to take in the pace of the Bundesliga.”
And Webb currently in charge implementing Video Assitant Referess in the MLS is full of praise for Steinhaus and insists she fully deserves her chance.
Webb told SunSport: “I’m extremely proud of her, she’s done amazingly well, she there on merit, she been in the Bundesliga second league for ten years.
“She’s really done the hard yards and she deserves this chance, she’s been excellent for the last three years and I’m excited for her and it’s a big opportunity
“And it goes to show that it doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, if you are good enough you will get to the top and I’m absolutely delighted and I’m sure she will have a great season.
“She’s a great role model for girls all over the world to show them exactly what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.”
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