Jude Bellingham hits out at referee after 3-2 loss to Bayern Munich
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Jude Bellingham hits out at referee after 3-2 loss to Bayern Munich

Jude Bellingham has slammed referee Felix Zwayer following the controversial award of a penalty during Borussia Dortmund's 3-2 defeat to Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich moved four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table in Germany with the victory, in a game fraught with incident.

Dortmund's credible penalty appeal was denied, while Mats Hummels was sanctioned for a harsh handball that allowed Robert Lewandowski to score the game-winning penalty.

Speaking after the match, Bellingham said:

“It wasn’t a penalty, [Mats Hummels] wasn’t looking at the ball, he’s fighting to get it. It hits him,” Bellingham claimed.

“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?”

Zwayer was suspended from football for six months in 2005 after allegedly accepting a bribe - confirmation of the suspension did not arrive until a few years later, according to The Independent. Zwayer, along with several other officials, was sanctioned following an investigation by the German FA.

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He has since established himself as one of Germany's top referees and is one of four officials to be granted UEFA Elite status.

Dortmund striker Erling Haaland used a thumb-down emoji to quote the announcement of Zwayer's appointment in a now-deleted tweet.

“I think it was a scandal when it comes to the referee,” Haaland said after the game.

“Clear penalty [on Reus in the first half]. I asked [the referee], ‘Why didn’t you just go and look?’- he said, ‘there’s no need’, like an arrogant... No, I have to calm down a little bit now.

“He was arrogant and I will not say more.”