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Bibiana Steinhaus will become Bundesliga’s first-ever female referee — and she’s Howard Webb’s girlfriend

Policewoman from Hanover, 38, took charge of women's gold medal match between Japan and USA at 2012 Olympic Games

BUNDESLIGA chiefs have confirmed Bibiana Steinhaus will become the country’s first-ever female referee.

The 38-year-old, who also works as a police officer, and is dating Howard Webb, has been predominantly officiating lower league games.

Bibiana Steinhaus will become first female referee in Bundesliga history

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Bibiana Steinhaus will become first female referee in Bundesliga history

And she took charge of the women’s gold medal match between Japan and the USA at the 2012 Olympic Games.

However, despite her experience on the big occasions, she was still overjoyed at being chosen.

Bibiana Steinhaus watches on as Jurgen Klopp barks orders to Dortmund players

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Bibiana Steinhaus watches on as Jurgen Klopp barks orders to Dortmund players

Bibiana Steinhaus reveals her pride at becoming first female ref in Bundesliga

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Bibiana Steinhaus reveals her pride at becoming first female ref in Bundesliga

Bibiana Steinhaus has mainly taken charge of teams in Bundesliga 2

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Bibiana Steinhaus has mainly taken charge of teams in Bundesliga 2

The told the official DFB website: “When Lutz Michael Frohlich [the head of German referees] informed me, I was quite speechless.

“’I feel disbelief, joy, happiness, relief, curiosity — it was simply a roller-coaster ride of emotions!’

“It has always been my dream to be a Bundesliga referee.

“That this dream will come true naturally fills me with joy.

“On one hand it is confirmation of my hard work, and on the other hand it is a great incentive to continue to work hard.”

Howard Webb issues red card to Johnny Heitinga during 2010 World Cup final

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Howard Webb issues red card to Johnny Heitinga during 2010 World Cup final

Her partner, Webb, was regarded as one of the best referees in the world before retiring.

In 2010, he officiated the Champions League final between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich.

And later became the first Englishman since Jack Taylor in 1974, to referee a World Cup final.

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