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Jude Bellingham fined for referee comments after Borussia Dortmund’s defeat to Bayern Munich


Jude Bellingham has been fined for his comments about referee Felix Zwayer (DeFodi Images via Getty)

Jude Bellingham has received a €40,000 (£34,000) fine for his comments about referee Felix Zwayer following Borussia Dortmund’s 3-2 defeat to Bayern Munich last weekend.

The 18-year-old openly questioned why Zwayer was put in charge of the game after he was handed a six-month ban for his part in a match-fixing case in 2005.

Bayern secured the win after Mats Hummels was penalised for a handball inside Dortmund’s area, with Robert Lewandowski scoring the penalty.

Just minutes earlier, Dortmund had a penalty claim turned down and the incident was not checked by VAR with Zwayer allegedly telling Erling Haaland ‘there’s no need’.

In his post-match interview to Viaplay, Bellingham said: ‘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.’

Felix Zwayer was banned for six months for his part in a match-fixing scandal in 2005 (DeFodi Images via Getty)

In his interview to Sky Sports Deutschland after the match, Zwayer defended his decision and revealed that VAR officials also agreed with his call.

‘The situation was a standard corner kick,’ said Zwayer.

‘I see in the game that it’s about a touch by Hummels. The question for me was, ‘is the arm stretched away from the body or not?’

‘In real time, it was not clear whether his arm was moved towards the ball. I checked it with [VAR officials] in Cologne and then the arm position was checked.

‘The video assistant made an assessment for himself and said that Hummels had his arm away from the body in an unnatural position.

‘In the end, he clearly deflected the ball with his elbow and I came to the decision that is was a penalty.’

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