Jude Bellingham to Face Ref He Accused of Match-Fixing in England’s Euro 2024 Semi-Final

Jude Bellingham to Face Ref He Accused of Match-Fixing in England's Euro 2024 Semi-Final
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Jude Belling­ham is set for an uncom­fort­able reunion with ref­er­ee Felix Zway­er, who he pre­vi­ous­ly accused of match-fix­ing, as Eng­land pre­pare to face the Nether­lands in the semi-finals of Euro 2024.

The Eng­land mid­field­er land­ed him­self in hot water fol­low­ing his extra­or­di­nary out­burst towards Zway­er back in 2021, when he was play­ing for Borus­sia Dortmund. 

After a con­tro­ver­sial penal­ty deci­sion went against Dort­mund in their Bun­desli­ga clash with Bay­ern Munich, Belling­ham made ref­er­ence to Zway­er’s past involve­ment in a match-fix­ing scandal.

“You give a ref­er­ee, that has match-fixed before, the biggest game in Ger­many. What do you expect?” Belling­ham had said.

Now, Zway­er has been appoint­ed to offi­ci­ate the high­ly antic­i­pat­ed semi-final show­down between Eng­land and the Nether­lands in Dort­mund — Belling­ham’s for­mer home ground. This is sure to cre­ate an awk­ward atmos­phere as the young star pre­pares to face the ref­er­ee he open­ly criticized.

Back in 2005, Zway­er was involved in a match-fix­ing inci­dent after it was revealed that he accept­ed a €300 bribe from ref­er­ee Robert Hoyz­er, who was at the cen­ter of a larg­er scan­dal in Ger­man foot­ball. Zway­er was sub­se­quent­ly banned from ref­er­ee­ing for six months by the Ger­man authorities.

Eng­land booked their place in the semi-finals after beat­ing Switzer­land on penal­ties in the quar­ter-finals. Belling­ham and his team­mates will now have to put their dif­fer­ences with Zway­er aside as they aim to reach the final of Euro 2024.

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