Jude Bellingham fined €40,000 for his referee remarks

After the Dortmund defeat, Jude Bellingham was fined €40,000 for his referee remarks.

The German Football Association (DFB) fined Jude Bellingham €40,000 (£33,970) for statements he made towards referee Felix Zwayer following Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga loss to Bayern Munich.

The England international has accepted his sentence after being accused with “unsportsmanlike behavior.” Bellingham, 18, questioned Zwayer’s appointment after some controversial decisions in his team’s 3-2 loss. Zwayer was banned for six months in 2005 after becoming embroiled in a match-fixing scandal.

Zwayer denied Dortmund’s penalty requests and then gave Bayern a penalty after Mats Hummels was adjudged to have handled the ball.

A DFB statement read: “The sports court of the German Football Association (DFB) fined Jude Bellingham with a fine of €40,000 in single judge proceedings after the DFB control committee had brought charges for unsportsmanlike behaviour”

“The player of the Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund has already agreed to the judgment, the judgment is now final. After the Bundesliga match against Bayern Munich on Saturday, Bellingham said in a TV interview about referee Felix Zwayer: ‘You give a referee who has already match-fixing the biggest game in Germany. What do you expect?’. As a result, he had questioned the referee’s impartiality and ultimately denied it.”

It was Robert Lewandowski’s 77th-minute spot-kick that gave Bayern Munich the win they needed to move four points clear of Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga.

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