History was made in the German top-flight this afternoon, after the first female referee took charge of a Bundesliga fixture.
Bibiana Steinhaus, who has long been regarded as a top official, was charged with refereeing duties for the clash between Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen at the Olympiastadion earlier today.
The match ended 1-1, with Steinhaus handing out a solitary yellow card, and doing an excellent job according to all who viewed the fixture.
38-year-old Steinhaus now stands as not only the first female referee to take charge of a match in the Bundesliga, but actually the first to take charge of a match in any top European league (German, French, English, Italian, Spanish).
Home side Hertha Berlain even offered half-price tickets to all women in anticipation of today’s historic event.
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Hertha vs Werder Bremen: Bibiana Steinhaus becomes the 1st female referee in the Bundesliga 👏🙌👊 pic.twitter.com/BYu6TUTZAL
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) September 10, 2017
The news of Steinhaus’ achievement comes on the same day that Lorraine Watson became the first female referee to officiate a men’s senior game in Scotland, Edinburgh City’s 1-0 win over Berwick Rangers in the Scottish League Two.