Steinhaus promoted as first female referee in Bundesliga

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A 38-year-old police officer will become the first woman to referee a top-flight soccer match in Germany next season after being promoted to the Bundesliga, the country's football association (DFB) said on Friday. "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.

"Speaking to the DFB's official website, Steinhaus said: "[Referees chief] Lutz Michael Frohlich and his team are in constant exchange with us referees.

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Also a police officer, she has global experience at the highest level having refereed the final of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and the women's gold-medal match at the London 2012 Olympics.

"My dream has always been to referee professional football matches".

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Steinhaus has refereed second-tier games for six years. While 79 of those games went off without a hitch, there was one that caused stir when a player Steinhaus sent off for his second yellow card angrily told her, "Women have no place in men's football".

Steinhaus, who will referee the women's Champions League final in Cardiff on June 1, is one of four officials who have been promoted to the list of Bundesliga referees for 2017/18.

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

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