Officiating history made in the Bundesliga

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.

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.

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