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Dortmund’s Bellingham fined for referee comments

The German Football Association DFB has fined Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham 40,000 euros (US$45,008) for unsportsmanlike conduct after he criticized referee Felix Zwayer following Saturday’s Bundesliga defeat by Bayern Munich.

Zwayer had turned down Dortmund’s appeals for a penalty before awarding one to Bayern for a handball from Mats Hummels. Robert Lewandowski scored from the spot to give Bayern a 3-2 win and a four-point lead in the standings. After the game, England international Bellingham said: “You can look at a lot of the decisions in the game. You give a referee, that has match-fixed before, the biggest game in Germany. What do you expect?” The DFB said in a statement yesterday that Bellingham “doubted and ultimately denied the referee’s impartiality” with his comments. Zwayer was named in a 2005 scandal involving referee Robert Hoyzer, who was jailed for fixing matches in a 2-million euro betting fraud. The DFB had banned Zwayer for six months for accepting 300 euros from Hoyzer and agreeing to make incorrect decisions in a match where he was an assistant ref.


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