Borussia Dortmund's Jude Bellingham has been punished for criticizing a referee following a loss to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. The English midfielder has been fined 40,000 euros for "unprofessional behavior".
The German Football Association on Tuesday announced the sentencing of the 18-year-old. Dortmund will not appeal against the sentence.
The Dortmund coaches demanded a penalty after Marco Royce was knocked out of the box by Bayern at the start of the second half of Saturday's match at Signal Iduna Park. The commentator also kept saying that there could be a penalty. Referee Felix Spire, however, did not respond, nor was the VAR verified a second time, much to the dismay of the hosts.
The referee blew the whistle for the penalty with the help of VAR when Mats Hummels got the ball in Dortmund's D-box. The Dortmund coach got angry at the dugout for giving a penalty after seeing VAR in this journey. Referee Spire showed him a second yellow card.
Robert Lewandowski scored Bayern's winning goal from that penalty. Dortmund lost the match 3-2.
After the match, Bellingham questioned Spire's appointment in a crucial match, citing a six-month ban for the 2005 match-fixing scandal.
"In Germany's biggest match, a referee with a history of match-fixing is assigned. What can be expected from him? ”
His assistant Spire was named in the 2005 match-fixing scandal with referee Robert. Referee Robert was jailed for two million euro betting fraud.
According to a Reuters report, Spire was banned for six months by the German Football Association for accepting 300 euros from the referee and agreeing to make the wrong decision in the match.