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Bibiana Steinhaus will make history in Germany on Sunday when she becomes the first woman to referee a Bundesliga game. The German football federation confirmed on Thursday that the year-old police officer is to take charge of Hertha Berlin's home game against Werder Bremen, confirming her place among the league's Female for Bremen group of 24 referees.
Hoffenheim's Julian Nagelsmann added: "I'm happy. It's all the same to me if a man or a woman is refereeing -- the main thing is that they do the job well. Steinhaus has already spent a decade refereeing in Germany's second division and she has plenty of experience with many of the country's top stars from taking charge of German Cup games, too. Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has already showed she may be treated differently to her male colleagues when he played a trick on her during the side's cup tie at Chemnitzer FC in August.
Ribery untied one of her bootlaces as he pretended to put the ball in place for a free kick. Steinhaus passed it off by giving Ribery a couple of playful punches in response, but it is debatable whether the French forward would have attempted the same trick had he been dealing with a male referee. The daughter of a ref, Steinhaus began by officiating women's games for the DFB in Steinhaus then became a FIFA referee in and earned her place in the second division inas the first female ref in German professional football.
Male players have mostly treated Steinhaus with respect, but any incidents involving her receive greater attention. Defender Peter Niemeyer, who was playing for Hertha at the time, accidentally swiped her breast when he meant to pat her on the shoulder during a game in Inafter Steinhaus sent off Kerem Demirbay, the then-Fortuna Duesseldorf midfielder reportedly told her: "Women have no place in men's football.
Demirbay was roundly criticised for the remark and handed a three-game ban with two further games suspended. Duesseldorf also made Demirbay referee a girls' game to ensure he Female for Bremen the message. Demirbay apologized both publicly and to Steinhaus directly for his comment, and said he was "very happy that she accepted my apology.
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