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Howard Webb partner Bibiana Steinhaus to be Bundesliga ref

by 19/05/2017 10:06:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Bibiana Steinhaus has overseen Bundesliga 2 matches since 2011
  • She will now become the first female referee in the German top tier
  • Steinhaus has said: 'I feel disbelief, joy, happiness, relief, curiosity'
  • The 38-year-old police officer from Hanover is dating Howard Webb 

By Tom Bassam For Mailonline

Published: 13:58 BST, 19 May 2017 | Updated: 15:06 BST, 19 May 2017

Bibiana Steinhaus will become the first female referee to officiate in Bundesliga history.

The 38-year-old police officer from Hanover, who is dating former English referee Howard Webb, has been announced by the German FA as one of four new appointments next season.

Steinhaus has overseen Bundesliga 2 matches since 2011, and also refereed the women's gold medal match between Japan and the United States at the London Olympic games in 2012, but she was nonetheless overwhelmed by her nomination.

Bibiana Steinhaus will become the first female referee to officiate in Bundesliga history
Bibiana Steinhaus will become the first female referee to officiate in Bundesliga history

Bibiana Steinhaus will become the first female referee to officiate in Bundesliga history

The 38-year-old police officer from Hanover is dating former English referee Howard Webb
The 38-year-old police officer from Hanover is dating former English referee Howard Webb

The 38-year-old police officer from Hanover is dating former English referee Howard Webb

OTHER TRAILBLAZERS

SIAN MASSEY-ELLIS

Her first Premier League appointment was on December 28, 2010, as an assistant in Blackpool's 2–0 away win at Sunderland.

ELENA TAMBINI

Officiated in the Italian minor leagues, and was touted for a move to Serie A and international football.

LUCY OLIVER 

Michael Oliver's partner runs the line in the National League North after being promoted to Level 3 two seasons ago – two away from officiating at elite level.

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

'I feel disbelief, joy, happiness, relief, curiosity - it was simply a roller-coaster ride of emotions!'

'It has always been my dream to be a Bundesliga referee. That this dream will come true naturally fills me with joy.

'On one hand it is confirmation of my hard work, and on the other hand it is a great incentive to continue to work hard.'

Steinhaus made the news seven years ago after then-Hertha Berlin defender Peter Niemeyer was infamously caught on camera accidentally touching her left breast during a match against Alemania Aachen.

Steinhaus' partner Webb refereed the World Cup final between Holland and Spain, becoming the first English referee to take charge of a World Cup final since Jack Taylor in 1974 – a game in which Holland lost to West Germany.

Webb, 45, moved abroad to live with Steinhaus after splitting from his wife Kay, mother to his three children.

Steinhaus gestures during a match between Holstein Kiel and Magdeburg in March
Steinhaus gestures during a match between Holstein Kiel and Magdeburg in March

Steinhaus gestures during a match between Holstein Kiel and Magdeburg in March

Steinhaus poses in her uniform during the DFB referee team presentation last summer
Steinhaus poses in her uniform during the DFB referee team presentation last summer

Steinhaus poses in her uniform during the DFB referee team presentation last summer

Peter Niemeyer infamously  accidentally touched Steinhaus' left breast in 2010
Peter Niemeyer infamously  accidentally touched Steinhaus' left breast in 2010

Peter Niemeyer infamously accidentally touched Steinhaus' left breast in 2010

Then-Hertha Berlin defender Niemeyer did so during a match against Alemania Aachen
Then-Hertha Berlin defender Niemeyer did so during a match against Alemania Aachen

Then-Hertha Berlin defender Niemeyer did so during a match against Alemania Aachen

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