Jude Bellingham’s post-match comments about the referee in “Der Klassiker” are being investigated by police after a criminal complaint is filed.
Borussia Dortmund players were furious after their 3-2 loss to Bayern Munich at home.
The winning goal, scored by Robert Lewandowski, came from the penalty spot after Mats Hummels was judged for handling the ball inside his own area.
However, Bellingham believes the penalty should not have been issued in past events involving referee Felix Zwayer.
Bellingham was referring to the official being given a six-month suspension from the German federation in 2005 following a match-fixing controversy.
“For me it wasn’t a penalty,” Bellingham said. “He doesn’t even look at the ball, he fights to get it back and he hits it.
“You can look at a lot of other decisions in the game. If you give a referee, who has, you know, settled game before, the biggest game in Germany, what do you expect?”
Meanwhile, Zwayer himself told Sky Germany his version of events: “The situation was a standard corner.
“I see in the game it’s a touch of Hummels. The question for me was: is the arm extended away from the body or not? In real time, it was not clear if his arm was being moved towards the ball.
“I checked it with [VAR officials] in Cologne, then the position of the arms was checked.
“The video assistant did an assessment for himself and said Hummels had his arm out from the body in an unnatural position.
“In the end, he clearly deflected the ball with his elbow and I decided it was a penalty.”
A German police spokesperson confirmed to Sky in Germany that Bellingham’s post-match comments are currently under investigation after a criminal complaint has been filed.
The case will be referred to the Dortmund Prosecutor’s Office, which will determine whether there will be any criminal proceedings against Bellingham.
After the game Dortmund boss Marco Rose said: “We all saw what happened,” Rose said. “The challenge on Marco Reus is a clear penalty. Mats Hummels’ handball is questionable to say the least, it’s a shame.
“Mr. Zwayer is welcome to referee a few other BVB games. He can put a few more obstacles in our way.
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