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Bibiana Steinhaus will be the first woman to ever referee in the German Bundesliga

DFB has confirmed that from the start of next season, Bibiana Steinhaus will be the first woman to ever referee in the Bundesliga.

The 38-year old policewoman from Hannover says it is a dream come true. Steinhaus is one of four new chief officials who will take charge of matches in the German top tier in the 2017/18 season.

The German Football Association hopes that the announcement will encourage more females to become referees.

On hearing of her appointment, Steinhaus said to DFB she felt: “Disbelief, delight, joy, relief, curiosity — honestly, I am not entirely sure. It was a complete rollercoaster of emotion.”

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