Bibiana Steinhaus will become Bundesliga's first female referee

Steinhaus to become Bundesliga´s first female referee

Steinhaus to become Bundesliga´s first female referee

Bibiana Steinhaus will become the first female referee to take charge of Bundesliga games next season after being promoted to the pool of top-flight officials on Friday.

She has also worked in the second division of the Bundesliga for a decade.

The told the official DFB website: "When Lutz Michael Frohlich [the head of German referees] informed me, I was quite speechless".

NOVEMBER 21: referee Bibiana Steinhaus in action during the Second Bandesliga match between TSV 1860 Muenchen and 1.

Also a police officer, she has global experience at the highest level having refereed the final of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and the women's gold-medal match at the London 2012 Olympics.

"It has always been my dream to referee in the Bundesliga".

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"I am used to this pressure and am convinced I will find my feet quickly in the Bundesliga".

The player, Kerem Demirbay, was roundly criticized for his remark and banned five games by the league.

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

Steinhaus also confronted sexism the year prior while she was assisting during a Bundesliga bout between Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach.

DFB president Reinhard Grindel hopes Steinhaus will inspire girls to get involved in football.

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

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