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Bibiana Steinhaus becomes Bundeliga's first female ref

Steinhaus becomes Bundeliga's first female ref
By Reuters

10/09/2017 at 18:00Updated 10/09/2017 at 19:51

Bibiana Steinhaus enjoyed a debut free of major incidents as she became the first woman to referee a Bundesliga match in the 1-1 draw between Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen on Sunday.

A second-half strike from Thomas Delaney gave Bremen their first goal and point of the season in a match which produced one yellow card and no reds or controversial penalty incidents.

Steinhaus, a 38-year-old police officer, has been a German FA referee since 1999 and taken charge of 80 second division matches since 2007.

Referee Bibiana Steinhaus talks with Berlin's Bosnian forward Vedad Ibisevic during German first division Bundesliga football match between Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen on September 10, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

Referee Bibiana Steinhaus talks with Berlin's Bosnian forward Vedad Ibisevic during German first division Bundesliga football match between Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen on September 10, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.Getty Images

In 2015, Kerem Demirbay, playing for Fortuna Duesseldorf at the time, was banned for five weeks for making a sexist remark after he was sent off in a second division game by Steinhaus, who mentioned the remark in her match report.

Hertha went ahead in the 38th minute when Vladimir Darida was bundled over, but the referee played the advantage and Mathew Leckie lashed home the loose ball.

Werder, somewhat unlucky to be behind, levelled in the 59th minute when Delaney rifled home from the edge of the penalty area.

Referee Bibiana Steinhaus is pictured during German first division Bundesliga football match between Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen on September 10, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

Referee Bibiana Steinhaus is pictured during German first division Bundesliga football match between Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen on September 10, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.Getty Images

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