German authorities slam Bellingham with N18.5m fine over match-fixing comments

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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

Jude Bellingham has escaped a ban but will pay €40,000 in fines to the German authorities for his match-fixing comments about Referee Felix Zwayer

German football authorities have fined Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham to the tune of €40,000 [N18.5m] for his match-fixing comments against Referee Felix Zwayer. The German authorities have also written to the young midfielder, asking him to ‘comment on his statements as soon as possible.’

After Saturday’s ‘Der Klassiker’ fixture between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, the English youngster referred to Zwayer’s involvement in a match-fixing scandal in 2005.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham (L) has been punished for 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

Bellingham suggested that the referee should not be in charge of the biggest match in German football after a penalty was awarded against Mats Hummels for handling the ball in the area.

Following a criminal investigation into the matter, the German authorities have now fined the player but spared him a ban. The authorities put out an official statement that read thus:

“The sports court of the German Football Federation has not blocked Borussia Dortmund’s young professional Jude Bellingham (18) for his TV statement about referee Felix Zwayer after the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich last Saturday.

“Bellingham had reminded out of Zwayer’s misconduct immediately after the whistle in the historical context, which had been punished by the DFB several years ago.”

Jude Bellingham avoided been banned and will be available for this weekend's Bundesliga match
Jude Bellingham avoided been banned and will be available for this weekend’s Bundesliga match

The German authorities then pointed out that the player was fined due to his ‘unsportsmanlike behaviour.’

“The sports court considered Bellingham’s statement to be “unsportsmanlike behaviour” and sentenced the English national player to a fine. Borussia Dortmund and the player accepted the verdict, Jude Bellingham is thus entitled to play in the Bundesliga match next Saturday at VfL Bochum,” the statement explained.

Jude Bellingham provided both assists in the Bayern Munich game as the ‘Yellow and Blacks’ fell 3-2 at the Signal Iduna Park courtesy of a brace from Robert Lewandowski.

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