Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – Three years in the past Bibiana Steinhaus stepped onto the garden of the Berlin Olympic Stadium “figuring out how to make historical past”. The debut of the primary feminine referee within the Bundesliga obtained worldwide consideration.
“It’s been a good distance,” mentioned the 41-year-old, wanting again in an interview with the German Football Association. According to the “Bild” newspaper, this could be over quickly. The German Supercup closing between FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund could allegedly even be Steinhaus’ final recreation.
According to the report, personal causes are the rationale for the referee’s early retirement. The age restrict for Bundesliga referees is 47 years. The police officer from Hanover has been the one lady within the Bundesliga since 2017. She made her debut within the 2nd Bundesliga ten years earlier. The appointment for the Supercup is thought-about an award for the sturdy efficiency.
“Even if that sounds flat now, however I need to handle each upcoming recreation properly,” Steinhaus mentioned within the DFB interview. “Because each recreation deserves the very best recreation grasp. My motivation is to nonetheless have the ability to develop myself and the chance is supplied to me in each recreation.”
Steinhaus was named “Referee of the Year” six instances, and he or she represented Germany thrice every on the Women’s World Cup and European Championship. For 4 years she has been in a relationship with former English FIFA referee Howard Webb, who lives in New York.