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Referee slammed for match-fixing by Bellingham in 2021 will officiate England semis
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Referee slammed for match-fixing by Bellingham in 2021 will officiate England semis

Jul 8, 2024

England will take on the Netherlands on Wednesday in the UEFA Euro 2024 semi-final and German referee Felix Zwayer will take charge of the crunch clash.

The 43-year-old German referee has a history with England international midfielder Jude Bellingham, who slammed the official for being a match-fixer back in 2021.

Following a defeat to Bayern Munich in December 2021, Bellingham slammed the referee for turning down multiple appeals of a penalty from Borussia Dortmund throughout the game. Zwayer was also criticised for awarding Bayern Munich a penalty for an unintentional handball by Mats Hummels.

Bellingham said back then (h/t Sky Sports): “You give a referee that has match-fixed before the biggest game in Germany – what do you expect?

“For me, it wasn’t [a penalty]. He [Hummels] is not even looking at the ball and he’s fighting to get it and it hits him. You can look at a lot of the decisions in the game.”

 

Bellingham was reprimanded by the German FA for his post match comments on the referee and he was handed a fine of around €40,000 as well.

It will be interesting to see how the situation develops when Zwayer takes charge of England’s semifinals against Netherlands later this week. The 43-year-old referee was previously handed a six-month ban by the German FA in 2005 for his involvement in a match fixing scandal.

England fans will certainly hope that his history with Bellingham will not affect the game in a negative way, and the 43-year-old will be honest and transparent with his decision making.

England will be hoping to reach the finals of the UEFA Euro 2024 and win the competition this time around.


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