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Meet The First Female Referee To Officiate At A Big European Championship (Photos)

Germany’s Bibiana Steinhaus has written her name in football history books as the first referee in the Bundesliga. She has been selected this season among the 24 referees of the German Championship.

Football: discover the first female referee of a big European championship (photos)

She gave the kickoff of their first game in the Pros, during the meeting that pitted Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen counting for the 2 nd day of the Bundesliga. A referee since 2007, she officiated the final of the 2012 London Women’s Olympic Tournament and the Women’s Champions League this year.

The 38-year-old policewoman had already accumulated a great deal of experience, officiating about 80 second division matches. She had been selected several times as commissioner (fourth referee) in the German league but never as a referee.

Football: discover the first female referee of a big European championship (photos)

After a no-fault arbitration at the Olympiastadion, Bayern star Franck Ribery and other players congratulated her.

“Congratulations on the first match of the Bundesliga, #Good_job,” said the French footballer.

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