The perfect match! Former Premier League and FIFA World Cup Final referee Howard Webb secretly marries German partner – and fellow former referee – Bibiana Steinhaus, after his previous marriage broke down due to his ‘self-centered life’ in football
- Former Premier League referee Howard Webb is married to Bibiana Steinhaus
- The pair took full advantage of the latest international breakthrough to tie the knot
- Webb was a famous referee at the 2010 World Cup Final, which was won by Spain
- In 2017, Steinhaus became the first ever female referee in Germany’s top flight
Former Premier League whistler Howard Webb is married to longtime girlfriend Bibiana Steinhaus, it has been revealed.
The pair took full advantage of the latest international breakthrough to tie the knot, with Steinhaus still serving as a video assistant referee in the Bundesliga.
Webb, 49, and Steinhaus, 42, took their vows in Germany, with the couple unable to attend the ceremony in Hanover.
Howard Webb married partner and fellow referee Bibiana Steinhaus last month
Steinhaus told BILD: ‘We got married on the last international holiday and are very happy.
Unfortunately, because of the Corona ordinance, Howard and I were only able to take this important step together. Even witnesses were not allowed.
“Of course there was no honeymoon either.”
However, she announced that her name would change when he returned to Bundesliga VAR duties this month.
Steinhaus is still working in the Bundesliga as a video assistant referee after leaving the field
“From now on, Ms. Steinhaus-Webb will be at the Video Assist Center in Cologne,” she added.
The couple currently lives separately, with Webb living in New York, while Steinhaus continues to work in Germany.
Webb moved abroad to live with Steinhaus after divorcing his wife Kay, the mother of his three children.
He was the famous referee of the FIFA World Cup final in 2010 and failed to send Nigel de Jong from the Netherlands for a high shoe on Xabi Alonso.
Webb was appointed referee for the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa, which Spain won
In his autobiography, The man in the middle, detailed the reasons for the split with his first wife Kay.
Speaking of life as a civil servant, Webb wrote, “We worked hard and played hard. If a match went well, we would reward ourselves by stacking ourselves back to someone’s room, breaking open the beers, and chatting until the early hours.
“It was a charmed life, a self-centered life and I often experienced a tremendous anti-climax feeling when I got home.”