Borussia Monchengladbach probed by German FA for fans’ abuse of referee Bibiana Steinhaus

Referee Bibiana Steinhaus
Referee Bibiana Steinhaus was verbally abused during Borussia Monchengladbach’s win against Hertha Berlin.

The German FA (DFB) has opened investigations against Borussia Monchengladbach after some of their fans insulted referee Bibiana Steinhaus during the 2-1 win against Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Steinhaus, the only female referee in Germany’s upper tier, was subject to the abuse of Gladbach supporters, especially after she disallowed a 54th-minute equaliser following intervention from the video assistant referee (VAR).

When Gladbach were awarded a penalty with the help of VAR, the abuse continued despite the decision going the hosts’ way.

On Monday, the DFB opened investigations against the Bundesliga club, kicker reported.

“As a club, we must apologise to Bibi Steinhaus. For me, she is an excellent referee,” Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl said on ZDF TV. “I just don’t hope that I was the role model for the fans chanting that bulls—.”

Last month, Eberl was fined €5,000 by the DFB after insulting Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann when they clashed on the touchline during the sides’ 3-3 draw.

Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @uersfeld.