The 38-year-old German has become the first woman to referee a first division meeting of a European professional championship.
Germany’s BibianaSteinhaus started the Bundesliga Hertha Berlin-Werder Bremen match on Sunday (September 10), thus becoming the first woman to referee a first division match in a European professional championship.
After having refereed ten years in the second division and headed the most prestigious women’s football matches, the 38-year-old police officer was selected this season among the 24 referees of the German championship.
“I only do what I love”
Rarelyhave female referees officiated in first division in France, Italy or England, as touchdown judges. But Mrs. Steinhaus is the first to hold the whistle at this level.
“This is a strong message for the rest of the world,” said FIFA Secretary-General FatmaSamoura on her Facebook page when MsSteinhaus was appointed at the end of last season.
“I never did this for emancipation. I only do what I like, “she said in an interview, a few days before her first premiere.”But, if I am an example to many young girls, or even a pioneer in advancing equal rights, I am obviously pleased,” she said, well aware that this “normal” match for her is also a symbolic dimension beyond her control.