Jude Bellingham is investigated by German POLICE over comments he made on the referee Felix Zwayer
Jude Bellingham is investigated by German POLICE over comments he made about referee Felix Zwayer’s past match-fixing… after Borussia Dortmund star referenced official’s six-month ban from football in his angry post-game TV interview
A furious Bellingham did not hold back in his post-match TV interview after Dortmund’s Der Klassiker defeat by Bayern Munich, taking umbrage with a number of decisions the referee made in the game.
After the match Bellingham let rip at Zwayer, making comments that are now being investigated by police after a criminal complaint was filed, according to Sky Germany.
The case will now be forwarded to the Dortmund public prosecutor’s office, who will decide whether any criminal charges will be made against Bellingham.
BELLINGHAM: – You give a referee that has match fixed before, the biggest game in Germany, what do you expect?
— Viaplay Fotball (@ViaplayFotball) December 4, 2021
Dortmund were left frustrated after the official waved away their appeals for a penalty, only for him to award one to Bayern for a Mats Hummels handball shortly after.
In his interview, Bellingham told ViaPlay: ‘You give a referee, that has match fixed before, the biggest game in Germany, what do you expect?
‘For me, it wasn’t [a penalty]. He [Hummels] is not even looking at the ball and he’s fighting to get it and it hits him.
‘You can look at a lot of the decisions in the game.’
The 18-year-old England midfielder was referencing Zwayer’s six-month ban from football by the German FA in 2005, when he was caught up in a match-fixing scandal.
At the time, Zwayer was found guilty of accepting a €300 bribe to help Bundesliga referee Robert Hoyzer, the main architect of the match-fixing scandal.