Ex-referee Howard Webb reveals how he left his ex-wife for female referee

Retired referee, Howard Webb has revealed how he left his ex-wife after going on a dinner date with female referee, Bibi Steinhaus, who he is now married to.

The pair tied the knot earlier this year after he separated from ex-wife Kay back in 2016.

Ex-referee Howard Webb reveals how he left his ex-wife for female referee

The marriage brought together two of football’s most famous referees, who both officiated World Cup finals. Now the couple have lifted the lid on how their relationship started with a chance dinner during one Sunday evening in late 2015.

The pair had met two years earlier but it wasn’t until Webb found himself in Frankfurt that he then ask the German Steinhaus out for dinner.

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Speaking with Futbol with Grant Wahl, Steinhaus said: “To be fair, I would not have made the effort going all the way from Hannover to Frankfurt, which is three and a half hours, to meet (Webb) for dinner.

Webb said of his marriage: “Our relationship had changed, but we’re still fine now, and it’s okay. The kids are fine.

“But like any breakup, it’s painful. (My relationship with Steinhaus) didn’t come out in the media (for a year), but Bibi and I weren’t hiding it.”

The dinner in Frankfurt came after Steinhaus had famously taken charge of a match in which she sent off Fortuna Düsseldorf’s Kerem Demirbay. The midfielder was then slapped with a five-game ban after claiming ‘women have no place in men’s football’.

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