Bibiana Steinhaus is proud to be a referee at the Women’s World Cup in her own country. “It’s getting more and more exciting, but it’s a very positive feeling”, says the referee from Germany to German television channel ZDF.
Steinhaus is officiating in the second ‘Liga’ since 2007. Very sovereign, says the commentator after 2:30 in the video below.
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She has no problem dealing with the male players. When saw a player running at her after deciding for a penalty kick (see vid), she immediately replies with ‘Herr (mister) Hübbner, move immediately away’.
The player ignores her, shouts at her – and gets booked. Then she calls the both captains with her and says: “We’ve still 45 minutes to go. No revolt here, otherwise both of you are going to take a shower.”
The 32-year-old referee refuses to talk about a possible promotion the German highest men’s league.
It’s very special to be part of a World Cup tournament, especcially now it’s in my home country. That’s a priviledge. That’s the only thing I’m focussing on right now.”