Jude Bellingham escapes ban but slapped with five-figure fine after 'match-fixing' remark


England international midfielder Jude Bellingham narrowly avoided a ban despite receiving a €40,000 fine for his post-match comments regarding referee Felix Zwayer after Borussia Dortmund’s controversial 3-2 defeat to Bayern Munich. The interview with Nordic broadcaster Viaplay, in which Bellingham questioned the integrity of the man in the middle following his previous involvement in a match-fixing scandal 16 years ago, has been under investigation by German police.

The 18-year-old midfielder 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.”

Zwayer waved away Dortmund appeals for a spot-kick before awarding Bayern a 77th-minute penalty at the other end with the scores level at 2-2, after a handball from Mats Hummels.

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Referee Zwayer spoke out on his decision to award the Bayern penalty after the game in a bid to provide some clarity on his performance.

“The situation was a standard corner kick,” he said. “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.

Before adding: “It was a contact in the upper body area, which is allowed to happen even at high speed.

“The situation is not black and white, I decided against the penalty because of my line of sight.”

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It wasn’t only Zwayer’s decision to award Bayern a penalty that incensed Dortmund and Bellingham.

Marco Reus was adamant he should have had a penalty after he was brought down by Bayern defender Lucas Hernandez in the box.

The incident was not reviewed by VAR, something that left the home side furious, particularly after the Bayern penalty was awarded.



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