Borussia Dortmund and England star Jude Bellingham is being investigated by German police for making comment about referee Felix Zwayer that referenced his past involvement in a match-fixing scandal.
A furious Bellingham did not hold back in his post-match TV interview after Dortmund’s Der Klassiker defeat by Bayern Munich.
After the match Bellingham let rip at Zwayer, making comments that are now being investigated by police after a criminal complaint was filed, according to Sky Germany.
The case will now be forwarded to the Dortmund public prosecutor’s office, who will decide whether any criminal charges will be made against Bellingham.
Dortmund were left frustrated after the official waved away their appeals for a penalty, only for him to award one to Bayern for a Mats Hummels handball shortly after.
In his interview, Bellingham told ViaPlay: ‘You give a referee, that has match fixed before, the biggest game in Germany, what do you expect?
‘For me, it wasn’t [a penalty]. He [Hummels] is not even looking at the ball and he’s fighting to get it and it hits him.
‘You can look at a lot of the decisions in the game.’
The 18-year-old England midfielder was referencing Zwayer’s six-month ban from football by the German FA in 2005, when he was caught up in a match-fixing scandal.
At the time, Zwayer was found guilty of accepting a €300 bribe to help Bundesliga referee Robert Hoyzer, the main architect of the match-fixing scandal.
Defending his decisions in the aftermath of Saturday’s match, Zwayer told Sky Germany: ‘The situation was a standard corner kick.
‘I see in the game that it’s about a touch by Hummels. The question for me was: Is the arm stretched away from the body or not? In real time, it was not clear whether his arm was moved towards the ball.
‘I checked it with [VAR officials] in Cologne and then the arm position was checked.
‘The video assistant made an assessment for himself and said that Hummels had his arm away from the body in an unnatural position.
‘In the end, he clearly deflected the ball with his elbow and I came to the decision that it was a penalty.’
A decision on whether Bellingham will face criminal charges is expected later this week, while the Dortmund star could also face punishment from the German FA for his comments.