FRANKFURT: German referee Felix Zwayer, once criticised over his match-fixing past by Jude Bellingham, will control England’s European Championship semi-final against Netherlands in Dortmund on Wednesday.

In 2021, when Bellingham played for Borussia Dortmund, the England midfielder was fined €40,000 euros for publicly referencing Zwayer’s previous ban for match fixing.

The 43-year-old was handed a six-month ban in 2005 after he was investigated for taking a £250 bribe from fellow referee Robert Hoyzer who was later banned from football for life.

Bellingham’s comments came after Dortmund lost 3-2 to Bayern Munich. Zwayer had turned down a Dortmund penalty claim while also awarding Bayern a spotkick.

Bellingham, who was 18 at the time, told streaming service Viaplay: “You give a referee that has match fixed before the biggest game in Germany. What do you expect?”

The midfielder has played a key role in England’s Euro campaign. He scored a dramatic equaliser in the final minute of normal time in their last-16 match against Slovakia and took a successful penalty in the team’s shootout in the quarter-final against Switzerland.

Bellingham also scored against Serbia in the group stage.


The Football Association has declined to comment.

Uefa are also not commenting on the matter but have no plans to replace Zwayer.