Bundesliga names first female ref: “Always been my dream”

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Referees who prove themselves should be able to get promoted.

Regardless of gender.

Police office Bibiana Steinhaus will become the first woman to referee Bundesliga matches when the 2017-18 season begins, after succeeding at the 2.Bundesliga and women’s level.

From Bundesliga.com:

“When Lutz Michael Fröhlich [the head of German referees] informed me, I was quite speechless,” Steinhaus told the official DFB website on Friday.

“I feel disbelief, joy, happiness, relief, curiosity – it was simply a roller-coaster ride of emotions. It has always been my dream to be a Bundesliga referee. That this dream will come true naturally fills me with joy. On one hand it is confirmation of my hard work, and on the other hand it is a great incentive to continue to work hard.”

Steinhaus is one of four new referees to the league, and has been officiating the second tier for six years. Trailblazer.