Bellingham and Haaland criticise refereeing performance after Bayern Munich defeat 1 month ago

Bellingham and Haaland criticise refereeing performance after Bayern Munich defeat

'You can look at a lot of the decisions from the game, you give a referee that has match fixed before the biggest game in Germany, what do you expect?'

Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland launched a scathing assessment of the refereeing performance during Borussia Dortmund's defeat to Bayern Munich on Saturday night.

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Dortmund were beaten 3-2 at the Signal Iduna Park after Robert Lewandowski's equaliser cancelled out Julian Brandt's opener.

Kingsley Coman then made it 2-1 shortly before half-time before Haaland responded with a spectacular finish on his weaker foot to equalise.

However, Dortmund fell to defeat after Mats Hummels' adjudged handball meant the away side were awarded a penalty, which Lewandowski dispatched to give Bayern the win.

The penalty looked controversial and Dortmund strongly disagreed, with manager Marco Rose sent off as a result of his protests and after the game, youngster Bellingham couldn't hide his frustrations.

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"He’s not even looking at the ball, he’s fighting to get it and it hits him," he said.

“You can look at a lot of the decisions from the game, you give a referee that has match fixed before the biggest game in Germany, what do you expect?”

The allegations Bellingham was referring to go back to 2005 when referee Felix Zwayer confessed to betting on and fixing matches in the German second division, DFB Pokal and the third division Regionalliga in what was described as the country's biggest sporting scandal.

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Bellingham wasn't the only one who aimed his anger at the referee, with his teammate Haaland also echoing the views of the England international.

The Norwegian said: “I think it was a scandal when it comes to the referee.

“I asked him why he didn’t just go and look.“He said ‘there’s no need’, he was arrogant but I will not say more.”

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The win for Bayern means they now sit four points clear of Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga.

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