The German Football Association DFB has punished Borussia Dortmund midfielder, Jude Bellingham, over his comments on referee Felix Zwayer.
The England international questioned Zwayer's decisions after his team lost to arch-rivals Bayern Munich in the derby on Saturday.
“You give a referee that has match fixed before, the biggest game in Germany, what do you expect?” Bellingham said in his post-match interview.
In their decision, DFB didn't ban Bellingham but fined him a sum of €40,000 according to Kicker for his comments in what they described as ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’; a decision that has since been accepted by both the player and his club.
“The sports court of the German Football Association (DFB) has not banned Jude Bellingham for his television statement about referee Felix Zwayer – after the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich last Saturday.
“Out of the emotion, immediately after the final whistle, Bellingham referenced Zwayer’s misconduct, which had been punished by the DFB several years ago in a historical context.
“The sports court evaluated Bellingham’s statement as “unsportsmanlike conduct” and sentenced the England international to a fine," a statement noted.
Zwayer was found guilty of accepting a €300 bribe in a game where he acted as an assistant referee.