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The referee who ‘assaulted’ West Ham was embroiled in a match-fixing scandal, was slammed by Jude Bellingham and called ‘arrogant’ by Erling Haaland after Borussia Dortmund clash with Bayern Munich


Referee Felix Zwayer has angered West Ham by showing Aaron Cresswell a direct red card in their huge Europa League quarter-final clash.

And it’s not the first time the official has courted controversy this season, having been branded ‘arrogant’ by Erling Haaland, while his Borussia Dortmund team-mate Jude Bellingham was even fined for comments about his involvement in a match-fixing scandal.

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Referee Zwayer is in the spotlight again

Berlin-born Zwayer is in the spotlight again, having already faced the wrath of Dortmund pair Haaland and Bellingham, with Hammers boss David Moyes the latest man to turn his fury on the referee.

West Ham battled to a 1-1 draw with French side Lyon at the London Stadium on Thursday night in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final.

However, the Hammers were crippled when full-back Cresswell was shown a red card just before half-time with the game still scoreless.

The 32-year-old was fired by Zwayer for bringing down Lyon striker Moussa Dembele when he was seen as the last man.

Moyes, who expressed his anger at the official, disagreed with the call and felt his side should have been given a foul just moments before Dembele passed, after Bowen fell in the preparation.

The 40-year-old official was also targeted by talkSPORT host Jason Cundy, who called his performance “shocking” and said he had “assaulted” West Ham.


The referee who ‘assaulted’ West Ham was embroiled in a match-fixing scandal, was slammed by Jude Bellingham and called ‘arrogant’ by Erling Haaland after Borussia Dortmund clash with Bayern Munich

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Cresswell was sent off by the referee in the draw against Lyon

The referee who ‘assaulted’ West Ham was embroiled in a match-fixing scandal, was slammed by Jude Bellingham and called ‘arrogant’ by Erling Haaland after Borussia Dortmund clash with Bayern Munich

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Both Bellingham and Haaland were furious about the referee earlier this season

This is the latest criticism of Zwayer’s officiating, having come under fire from top Dortmund stars Bellingham and Haaland for his performance in charge of their ‘Der Klassiker’ derby loss to Bayern Munich earlier this season.

The 18-year-old England ace was infuriated by several decisions in Bayern’s 3-2 win and launched a stunning attack on the referee, making a serious claim about him and his involvement in a match-fixing scandal .

Zwayer was suspended for six months from refereeing in 2005, after helping Bundesliga 2 official Robert Hoyzer, who took bribes to fix several matches.

A report in the German press claimed that Zwayer had accepted a €300 bribe from Hoyzer, but he and three other officials informed the DFB [German Football Association] about Hoyzer’s illegal activities.

Hoyzer was banned for life, while whistleblower Zwayer was suspended for a short time.

The referee who ‘assaulted’ West Ham was embroiled in a match-fixing scandal, was slammed by Jude Bellingham and called ‘arrogant’ by Erling Haaland after Borussia Dortmund clash with Bayern Munich

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Zwayer has been slammed for ‘assaulting’ West Ham in their huge Europa League clash

Bellingham mentioned it as he fumed over Bayern’s winning goal, scored by Robert Lewandowski from the penalty spot after a questionable handball decision on Mats Hummels.

“For me it wasn’t a penalty,” Bellingham said. “He doesn’t even look at the ball, he fights to get it back and he touches it.

“You can watch a lot of other decisions in the game. If you give a referee, who has, you know, a match-fixing before, Germany’s biggest game, what do you expect? »

Dortmund had their own cry for a disallowed penalty, with manager Marco Rose later sent off by Zwayer for dissent.

On that penalty decision, Haaland said: “Clear penalty. I asked him [Zwayer] why didn’t you go see [at VAR] and he said ‘no need’ as arrogant. I have to calm down a bit now but yes he was arrogant, I won’t say more.

The referee who ‘assaulted’ West Ham was embroiled in a match-fixing scandal, was slammed by Jude Bellingham and called ‘arrogant’ by Erling Haaland after Borussia Dortmund clash with Bayern Munich

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The 18-year-old was fined for comments made to Zwayer

But Haaland later added: “As I said, he was very arrogant. It seems like he wanted the headlines and he will get them now because he made a lot of mistakes. He was not a good referee. What can I say ? Not a good game from him.

“I completely understand Marco, I support him 100%. I would do the exact same thing if I were him.

“It’s crap.”

Bellingham’s comments later earned him a €40,000 (£33,970) fine from the DFB, but he managed to escape a match ban.

Perhaps that’s why Moyes kept his own advice when asked about Cresswell’s sending off after West Ham’s Europa League draw, despite his fury at clear officials on the pitch.

The referee who ‘assaulted’ West Ham was embroiled in a match-fixing scandal, was slammed by Jude Bellingham and called ‘arrogant’ by Erling Haaland after Borussia Dortmund clash with Bayern Munich

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Hammers boss Moyes was livid with the full-time German official

The Scot was even warned by the German referee at half-time for his protests.

He added: “The only thing I will say is that there was a tackle on Bowen which was a foul. It was the same phase of play as the red card, and I would have expected VAR to do something about it.

“I’m definitely not going to talk about the referee, not at all.

“It wasn’t a good performance from us, but it was a resilient performance in the second half with ten men.

“We didn’t have much ball in the second half. Technically they were very good, but we defended well and made it difficult for them.

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