Jude Bellingham, Erling Haaland blast referee Felix Zwayer after controversial decisions in defeat to Bayern

Erling Haaland (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)
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Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland hit out at referee Felix Zwayer after his controversial decisions cost Borussia Dortmund heavily during their 3-2 defeat to Bayern Munich on Saturday. 

Borussia Dortmund suffered a 3-2 defeat to rivals Bayern Munich in the top of the table Bundesliga clash on Saturday evening. But the main talking point of the game was referee Felix Zwayer’s controversial decision making.

Zwayer denied Borussia Dortmund what looked like a stonewall penalty when Marco Reus was brought down inside the box by Lucas Hernandez in the second half. And not long after, he gave Bayern Munich a penalty for a handball from Mats Hummels after taking a long look at his pitchside monitor. And those were not the only two dubious decisions made by the referee that affected the course of the game.

The Borussia Dortmund players and coaching staff were incensed by some of the refereeing decisions in the second half. Marco Rose paid the price as he was sent off after receiving two yellow cards for protesting the referee’s decisions.

Jude Bellingham did not mince his words after the game when talking about Felix Zwayer’s performance. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder even spoke about the referee’s involvement in a match fixing scandal in 2005.

"“For me it wasn’t a penalty,” Bellingham told Viaplay. “He’s not even looking at the ball, and he’s fighting to get it. It hits him and I don’t even think he’s looking at the ball. You can look at a lot of other decisions in the game.”“You give a referee that has match fixed before the biggest game in Germany, what do you expect?”"

Erling Haaland also questioned the referee’s decision making and called him arrogant.

"“I think it was a scandal when it comes to the refereeing,” Haaland told Viaplay. “I asked him, ‘why didn’t you just go and look (at the pitchside monitor)’. He said, ‘there’s no need’ like an arrogant… no, I have to calm down a little bit now. He was arrogant and I will not say more.”"

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Marco Rose said that it was a shame that such a big game was decided by some very controversial decision making from the referee. And Marco Reus was annoyed that Zwayer did not review the first penalty incident on the pitchside monitor.