German FA slams fine on Bellingham, Dortmund not to challenge the decision

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham has been fined by the German FA for his unusual remarks on referee Felix Zwayer after a 3-2 loss to Bayern Munich. Dortmund has decided not to appeal the decision as the Police investigation is still on.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham has been fined for his heavy remarks on the referee after his team lost to Bayern Munich 3-2 on Saturday.

Bellingham, who in a post-match chat couldn’t manage to control his frustration and made some unusual remarks on referee Felix Zwayer referencing an old fixing scandal and questioned about his appointment in the ‘Der Klassiker’.

Referee Zwayer during the match made a controversial decision of giving a decisive VAR-viewed penalty to Bayern which was then converted by Robert Lewandowski in the 77th minute to win it for his side. Zwayer also sent Dortmund’s manager off with a red card who was continuously protesting against his decision on the sidelines as he earlier completely ignored the Dortmund players’ appeal for the spot-kick as Marco Reus was seen fouled inside the Bayern box. The 40-year old referee however defended his decisions after the match.

Bellingham was all in danger after a criminal complaint was filed against the youngster but now has been fortunate to escape any ban by just receiving a fine of €40,000 (£33,970) from the German FA. With the Police still investigating the case, Borussia Dortmund has decided not to challenge the decision hence, the 18-year old will be available to play in their next Bundesliga fixture against VfL Bochum on Saturday.

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