World News – GB – Pioneering referee Steinhaus announces his retirement – World – Sports


The first woman to referee a match in one of Europe’s top five leagues, Bibiana Steinhaus, will retire after Wednesday’s German Super Cup, it was announced hours before kick-off

The high-profile clash between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund behind closed doors at the Allianz Arena will be the 41-year-old’s last match to be refereed, the German Football Association (DFB) said.

« Like many people during the coronavirus pandemic, I have reflected and reassessed a lot, » Steinhaus said in a statement

The Hanover policewoman has refereed 23 Bundesliga matches since making history in 2017 and said she decided to finish « after carefully weighing many factors »

« In the future, German football will not only have to do without an exceptional female referee, but will also lose an extraordinary personality and a pioneer in the men’s field, » said Fritz Keller, president of the DFB

Steinhaus said she wanted Wednesday’s game between European champion Bayern and last season’s Bundesliga runner-up Dortmund to be « just about the game », not her swansong.

« In due course, I will speak in more detail about the reasons for my withdrawal », she added.

During her career, Steinhaus also refereed the final of the 2011 Women’s World Cup, when Japan knocked out the United States, and the women’s final at the 2012 Olympics in London, when the Americans took revenge on the Japaneses

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