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Jude Bellingham fined over comments on referee in Bayern Munich defeat

The Englishman has been charged with “unsportsmanlike behavior” after referring to referee Felix Zwayer’s involvement in a match-fixing scandal in 2005 during his post-match interview.

The 18-year-old was infuriated by several controversial decisions made by Zwayer, who was suspended for six months for his role in the aforementioned scandal, in the 3-2 loss.

Zwayer rejected Dortmund’s calls for a penalty and then awarded Bayern a kick after Mats Hummels was deemed to have manipulated in the area.

A statement from the German Football Association (DFB) read: “The DFB Sports Court fined Jude Bellingham € 40,000 in single-judge proceedings after the DFB had brought charges of unsportsmanlike behavior.

“Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund have already given their consent to the judgment, the judgment is now final.

“After the Bundesliga game against Bayern Munich on Saturday, Bellingham said in a TV interview about referee Felix Zwayer: ‘You give a referee who has already rigged Germany’s most important game. -you?’.

“As a result, he questioned the referee’s impartiality and ultimately denied it.”

Robert Lewandowski converted Bayern’s 77th-minute penalty to a 3-2 victory at Signal Iduna Park, which saw them overtake Dortmund by four points at the top of the Bundesliga standings.

Additional reports by PA.

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