Jude Bellingham subject of 'criminal complaint' after explosive referee criticism

Jude Bellingham is now the subject of a criminal complaint after his post-match remarks about referee Felix Zwayer following Borussia Dortmund’s defeat by Bayern Munich in ‘Der Klassiker’.

The 18-year-old did not hold back in his scathing assessment of the official’s performance after the full-time whistle was blown in a fiercely contested match between the two Bundesliga title rivals.

However, according to German outlet BILD, Bellingham is now part of a criminal complaint filed by Marco Haase, a voluntary referee observer for the German FA.

The head of the German FA’s control committee, Anton Nachreiner, has also since confirmed that the midfielder is now under investigation.

“The control committee will examine the statement of the Dortmund player Jude Bellingham for its relevance to sports criminal law,” Nachreiner revealed.

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Jude Bellingham subject of 'criminal complaint' after explosive referee criticism
© (Photo by Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund/Getty Images) Jude Bellingham referenced a match-fixing scandal from 2005 in his post-match remarks

With the scores level at 2-2 after 79 minutes played, Dortmund central defender Mats Hummels was adjudged to have intentionally handled the ball inside his own penalty area, leading Zwayer to point to the spot.

Bayern marksman Robert Lewandowski made no mistake from 12-yards, converting his effort to hand his side victory as well as a four-point cushion over Dortmund at the top of the table.

Dortmund boss Marco Rose was sent off as a result of his protests, but Bellingham waited till after the game to deliver the remarks that now leave him in hot water.

Pressed on whether he thought it was a penalty by ViaPlay, the former Birmingham star replied: “For me it wasn’t, you know he’s [Hummels] not even looking at the ball and he’s fighting to get it.

“It hits him, I don’t even think he is looking at the ball but you know, you can look at a lot of the other decisions in the game.

“You give a referee that, you know, has match-fixed before the biggest game in Germany, what do you expect?”

The Dortmund midfielder’s remarks refer to the fact that in 2005, Zwayer was involved in a match fixing scandal which centred around 2. Bundesliga referee Robert Hoyzer.

Jude Bellingham subject of 'criminal complaint' after explosive referee criticism
© (Photo by Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images via Getty Images) Referee Felix Zwayer is the man at the centre of the scandal

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has attempted to put out some of the subsequent flames that have been stoked after Bellingham’s comments, though Zorc insists it is all much ado about nothing.

“The boy is 18, talking after a heated, emotional game,” he said. “He names old facts, you don’t have to do that. He’s just a hot spur.

“The things are in the world now, but we stand by him. I don’t see anything problematic in terms of criminal law.”

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