Jude Bellingham has torn into the referee after he awarded a controversial penalty that helped Bayern Munich win Der Klassiker 3-2 against Bellignham's Borussia Dortmund.
The hosts inside Signal Iduna Park went ahead in the fifth minute through Julian Brandt, but the questionable 77th-minute penalty decision allowed Robert Lewandowski to score the winner from the spot in a 3-2 victory.
Mats Hummels was the player penalised - for a handball - and his manager Marco Rose was so aggrieved at the decision that he was sent off for his protestations. 18-year-old international Bellingham wasn't feeling any better about the situation, criticising the decision to give Felix Zwayer control of the match. Zwayer was previously banned for football for six months after reportedly accepting bribes to influence decisions back in 2005.
Birmingham City academy graduate Bellingham said: "For me it wasn't [a penalty. Hummels is] not event looking at the ball and he's fighting to get it. It hits him - I don't even think he's looking at the ball. 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?"
You could sense the disappointment in Bellingham's voice as he expressed his frustration following a painful rain-swept defeat for the closest chasers to Bundesliga leaders Bayern.
I guess there's going to be some sort of repercussion for Bellingham saying what he said. Thing is: it shows players are aware of Zwayer's past transgressions. How are they going to respect him?- Lars Pollmann (@LarsPollmann) December 4, 2021
Dortmund's world-class centre-forward Erling Haaland scored the Black and Yellow's second goal of the game. Straight after full-time, he responded to an old Tweet announcing Zwayer as the official of the game. Haaland's response was simply a 'thumbs down' emoji. It was a simple message that said a lot.
Rose's side remain second in the Bundesliga, but they now trail the Bavarian giants by four points rather than by one. The reverse league fixture between the two sides takes place on 23 April next year.
You sense Zwayer is unlikely to be the man in the middle for that affair...
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