Referee Steinhaus promoted as 1st women in Bundesliga

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Bibiana Steinhaus will become the first female Bundesliga referee from next season.

The 38-year-old Steinhaus, who is a police officer in Hanover, also said that she knew that her performances would be under particular scrutiny among the public, especially early in her first season in the Bundesliga. It was simply a turbulent roller coaster ride of emotions.

"Speaking to the DFB's official website, Steinhaus said: "[Referees chief] Lutz Michael Frohlich and his team are in constant exchange with us referees.

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"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".

"It was always a dream to reach the Bundesliga, and of course it feels fantastic that this dream has come true". She has been a Federation Internationale de Football Association listed referee since 2005. "I'm very much looking forward to the task that awaits me", Steinhaus told BBC Sport. Certainly I am under special observation - even through the media - at the beginning of the season. She refereed the 2011 Women's World Cup final, the 2012 London Olympic final, and will work the Women's Champions League final on June 1 in Cardiff, Wales.

With regards to the English Premier League, Sian Massey-Ellis has been an assistant referee since December 2010, although she has yet to referee a game at that level.

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