A Woman Finally Refereed A Major European Soccer Match
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Bibiana Steinhaus was the center referee for a Bundesliga match between Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen on Sunday.
Steinhaus became the first woman to officiate a major European top-flight men’s league match and by all accounts she was not bad. Bundesliga’s own website said she “hardly put a foot wrong” and “distinguished herself with a fantastic decision to allow an advantage to be played” in the lead-up to the first goal of the match.
— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) September 10, 2017
Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen tied 1-1 in a clean match with just one yellow card shown.
Steinhaus is more than qualified to referee any match. The 38-year-old has spent 18 years officiating in lower leagues in Germany, including Bundesliga 2 since 2011, and has worked DFB-Pokal Cup matches involving top-flight clubs. She’s ref’d Women’s World Cup and Olympics finals.