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Bellingham in hot water as German FA open criminal investigation into match-fixing comments

The German FA are investigating a criminal complaint arising from Jude Bellingham’s comments on match-fixing about Referee Felix Zwayer

England midfielder Jude Bellingham is now under investigation after a criminal complaint was lodged against him in the aftermath of his comments concerning the refereeing in Saturday’s ‘Der Klassiker’ fixture between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

The Dortmund youngster dredged up referee Felix Zwayer’s previous match-fixing conviction after the official awarded a penalty to Bayern Munich for a perceived handball by Mats Hummels. The 18-year-old claimed that such should be expected from a referee who has a history with match-fixing.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham (L) risks punishment after accusing referee Felix Zwayer of cheating Dortmund out of a penalty and then awarding Bayern Munich one as the latter won 3-2 to move four points clear at the top of the table

As a result of this, the Head of the German FA’s control committee has revealed that Bellingham is now part of a criminal complaint.

“The control committee will examine the statement of the Dortmund player Jude Bellingham for its relevance to sports criminal law,” Nachreiner told Bild.

The complaint was filed by Marco Haase, a voluntary referee observer for the German FA.

However, the Dortmund leadership is strongly behind the young midfielder as gathered from the comments of the Dortmund Sporting Director Marc Zorc. The Dortmund executive put down Bellingham’s comments to youthful exuberance and emotions but states that he does not see much need for a criminal investigation.

Robert Lewandowski scored twice for Bayern in a 3-2 win at Borussia Dortmund after finishing second to Lionel Messi in the Ballon d'Or voting
Robert Lewandowski scored twice for Bayern in a 3-2 win at Borussia Dortmund after finishing second to Lionel Messi in the Ballon d’Or voting

“The boy is 18, talking after a heated, emotional game. He names old facts, you don’t have to do that. He’s just a hot spur. The things are in the world now, but we stand by him. I don’t see anything problematic in terms of criminal law,” Zorc explained.

Referee Felix Zwayer confessed to accepting a €300 bribe from 2. Bundesliga referee Robert Hoyzer in 2005 to influence proceedings in favour of German minnows Wuppertaler SV.

Zwayer and three other officials pleaded guilty to their actions and have since served punishment for it.

Olafare Michael Oluwabukolahttps://t.me/notchplug
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