Steinhaus to become Bundesliga's first female referee

Robert Lewandowski can win the Torjägerkanone as the Bundesliga’s top scorer

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The German Football Association (DFB) said the 38-year-old Steinhaus was one of four officials who would make the step up for the 2017/18 campaign from the second division.

She also officiated during the 2011 and 2015 women's World Cups and the 2012 London Olympics, and will referee the women's Champions League final in Cardiff on June 1.

Steinhaus will become the first female referee in the history of the Bundesliga when she officiates a match next season.

BUNDESLIGA chiefs have confirmed Bibiana Steinhaus will become the country's first-ever female referee.

"When he informed me in our telephone call about the decision of the referee's commission, I was quite speechless".

Election in Germany's most populous state could boost Merkel
Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats have toppled the Social Democrats from their traditional stronghold in North Rhine-Westphalia. The region is Germany's most populous and has been led by the center-left Social Democrats for all but five years since 1966.

"My dream has always been to referee professional football matches. It acts as a confirmation of the hard work I have done to get here and an even greater incentive to keep working harder to go further", Steinhaus said.

Steinhaus coolly brushed Guardiola's arm off and the Spaniard was criticised in the German media for inappropriate conduct.

Demirbay was banned for five matches, and his club made him referee a girls' youth match.

Steinhaus also confronted sexism the year prior while she was assisting during a Bundesliga bout between Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach.

She said: "I am very much looking forward to the task that awaits me".

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