Germany’s Bibiana Steinhaus impacted the world as she made history on Sunday as the first female referee to a match in a top European league by assuming the responsibility of Hertha Berlin’s 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen.
Steinhaus became the first lady to referee a top level match in the German, English, French, Italian or Spanish league when she oversaw the Bundesliga encounter in Berlin.
Steinhaus, 38, had built up an abundance of experience by refereeing 80 second-division games since 2007 and was the fourth official on a few occasion in the Bundesliga, but this was her refereeing debut in the top flight.
“I’ll be delighted when normality returns as of tomorrow,” said Steinhaus after a busy week amidst intense media attention.
“The crucial thing for us is not to be the focus after 90 minutes, which is what we achieved and we’re happy” she added, speaking on behalf of her refereeing team.
Stainhaus got a thumbs up from the president of the German Football Association (DFB).
“She was under unbelievable pressure, yet was poised for all the important situations and made the right decisions, that was a confident display,” said DFB president Reinhard Grindel.
“You could see that she has unbelievable experience.”
Steinhaus smartly allowed play to continue when Australia’s Mathew Leckie scored for the hosts after 38 minutes despite a foul on Hertha’s Vladimir Darida in the build-up