Jude Bellingham is investigated by German POLICE over comments he made about referee Felix Zwayer’s match-fixing… after Borussia Dortmund star referenced official’s six-month ban from football in his angry post-game TV interview
- Jude Bellingham was furious with the referee after Dortmund’s defeat by Bayern
- He made a comment about the referee’s previous six-month match-fixing ban
- It has now been reported that German police are investigating the comments
- Bellingham could also face punishment from the German FA for his interview
Borussia Dortmund and England star Jude Bellingham is being investigated by German police after angry comments he made about referee Felix Zwayer.
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.
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.
Jude Bellingham is being investigated by police over comments he made about a referee
Bellingham referenced referee Felix Zwayer’s involvement in a past match-fixing scandal
After the match Bellingham let rip at the referee, 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.
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.’
Dortmund players were furious with a number of decisions given against them on the night
Bellingham referenced the scandal in 2005 when Zwayer (right) accepted a €300 (£256) bribe from fellow referee Robert Hoyzer (left)
The 18-year-old 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 euro bribe to help Bundesliga referee Robert Hoyzer, the main architect of the match-fixing scandal.
Defending his decisions in the aftermath of the match, Zwayer told Sky Germany: ‘The situation was a standard corner kick.
‘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.
Bellingham was incensed during the game after a penalty was given to Bayern Munivh
‘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 it was a penalty.’
A decision on whether Bellingham will face criminal charges is expected later this week, while the Dortmund star could also face punishment from the German FA for his comments.
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