Bibiana Steinhaus to become first female referee in Bundesliga

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Bundesliga since 2007. She's also officiated a number of high-profile women's matches, including the 2011 Women's World Cup final between Japan and the United States and will be the head official at the Women's Champions League final on June 1.

And she took charge of the women's gold medal match between Japan and the US at the 2012 Olympic Games.

The 38-year-old, a police officer from Hanover, will take charge of games in the German top flight from next season.

"I was quite speechless when I got the call".

"Bibiana Steinhaus has been one of the world's best referees for many years, and has proved to be one of the top-ranked judges in Germany in recent Bundesliga matches", said Deutscher Fussball-Bund Vice President Ronny Zimmermann.

Having refereed 80 second-tier games in Germany already, Steinhaus understands the challenge.

"On one hand it was confirmation after all the hard work, but also a great incentive to keep working", she added.

"My dream has always been to referee professional football matches". Back in 2015, she sent off Fortuna Dusseldorf's Kerem Demirbay, who responded by saying that "Women have no place in football".

Steinhaus coolly brushed Guardiola's arm off and the Spaniard was criticised in the German media for inappropriate conduct.

She said: "I am very much looking forward to the task that awaits me".

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