BERLIN – Bibiana Steinhaus became the German Bundesliga’s first female referee after she was put in charge of Sunday’s 1-1 draw between Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen in the third round of the German league.
Steinhaus, who had already taken charge of lower league matches, had been fourth official in top-flight games and her promotion was widely expected.
As fourth official, she had to face high-tempered coaches, like Jürgen Klopp during his spell at Borussia Dortmund and Pep Guardiola during his stint at Bayern Munich.
Mathew Leckie opened the scoring for Hertha Berlin after 38 minutes into the match held at the Olympic Stadium.
Thomas Delaney scored the equalizer for Werder Bremen in the 59th minute to secure the away draw and snatch the first point for his side this season.
After this draw, Hertha Berlin holds the ninth position in the Bundesliga table with four points, while Werder Bremen is in the 16th place with a single point.