Jude Bellingham’s Beef With Match-Fixing Ref Resurfaces As He’s Picked To Officiate EUROs Semi-Final

Jude Bellingham

Controversy reigns after UEFA’s resolution to make employ of a referee with a match-fixing past to officiate England vs Netherlands at the Euros. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Claims resurface

Ancient match-fixing claims made by England’s star midfielder Jude Bellingham about match splendid Felix Zwayer possess resurfaced. They arrive with added spice after UEFA appointed the German to referee the England v Netherlands European Football Championships (EUROs) semi-final on Wednesday.

ESPN FC took to X on Monday to listing on the rising controversy spherical UEFA’s appointment of Zwayer for the pivotal Euros conflict in Dortmund, Germany. The resolution used to be made no topic Zwayer serving a six-month ban for accepting a £300 ($384) bribe in 2005:

UEFA possess appointed Felix Zwayer, who used to be previously convicted of match-fixing and banned for six months in 2005 after taking a €300 bribe from one more splendid, because the referee for England vs. the Netherlands on Wednesday.

Jude Bellingham used to be fined €40,000 for publicly… pic.twitter.com/6We1RVTkVo

— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 8, 2024

The controversy is fueled by Bellingham publicly disputing Zwayer’s integrity in 2021, for which UEFA hit the now Exact Madrid wunderkind with a essential handsome of €40,000 ($51,236). Bellingham’s accusations got right here while he used to be a Borussia Dortmund participant, offended at seeing his side lose 2-1 to Bayern Munich in 2021. Bellingham requested a reporter in a put up-game interview: “What form you inquire of of?” adding:

You give a referee, that has match-mounted earlier than, the greatest game in Germany.”

Whereas the Guardian stories UEFA has given Zwayer its burly backing, given the magnitude of the England vs Netherlands conflict, it comes as no surprise leading UK soccer pundits possess hit out at the soccer physique’s resolution.  

Pundits ask resolution

The UK’s predominant trio of soccer pundits, Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, and Micah Richards, old their podcast to ask UEFA’s resolution of match splendid for the EUROs closing-four match-up. Veteran England striker Lineker identified the old pork between Bellingham and Zwayer, and requested: “I right surprise how UEFA possess managed to come benefit up with that?”

Three Lions scoring myth Shearer expressed his amazement at the resolution he said would acquire tongues wagging, stating: “Wow. How to acquire of us talking earlier than a game then.”

Both had been in agreement with ex-Manchester City defensive stalwart Richards’ take, that Zwayer officiating the high-stress game “used to be no longer an accurate look,” adding:

It’s right no longer wished, is it?”

In accordance with the Guardian, UEFA has “no issues about Zwayer’s suitability to oversee the game.” The UK day to day said the English Football Association declined any observation on the German’s appointment.

Into the stress-cooker

Veteran English Premier League match splendid Keith Hackett said, given the referee’s match-fixing past: “Zwayer is a lucky man to be given the replacement to referee this form of huge game.”

Hackett, who used to be also the pinnacle of EPL referees, said the German’s past supposed he risked getting confronted by it “after any subjective or controversial resolution.” The ex-head of refs warned reminders of Zwayer’s old could well resurface all over again “if his performance is the controversy of the game on Wednesday evening.”

other referees would possess deserved it more.”

Veteran Bundesliga and FIFA splendid Manuel Grafe criticized UEFA’s resolution to make employ of Zwayer for the Euros as some distance benefit because the Italy vs Albania match-up. Speaking of a “gigantic disgrace” for German refereeing after Zwayer’s officiating of the game, Grafe said “other referees would possess deserved it more.”

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