Borussia Dortmund gave their best against Bayern Munich in Der Klassiker on Saturday, but were ultimately undone by two Robert Lewandowski goals and one from Kingsley Coman.
Lewandowski’s second, a winner from the spot in the 3-2 victory for the Bavarians, wasn’t without controversy.
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A marginal handball decision was eventually given against Dortmund after a VAR review, and that’s something which clearly grated on Jude Bellingham.
Speaking to Jan Aage Fjortoft after the match, he didn’t hold back.
“You give a referee that, you know, has match-fixed before, the biggest game in Germany” he said. “What do you expect?”
Unfortunately for the England international, those words could come back to haunt him as it appears that a defamation complaint has been made against him from referee observer, Marco Haase, on behalf of the DFB (Deutscher Fußball-Bund) – the German Football Association.
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Furthermore, Dortmund and Bayern have both reacted to the outcry, and with differing points of view.
“I’m the last person, who doesn’t have understanding for players emotions but of course that’s a huge step too far,” Bayern director, Oliver Kahn, noted, cited by The Sun.
“I don’t know where he gets the idea to make such a statement.”
Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, didn’t see Bellingham’s comments as an issue.
“The boy is 18, talking after a heated, emotional game,” he said.
“He names old facts, you don’t have to do that. He’s just a hot spur. The things are in the world now, but we stand by him. I don’t see anything problematic in terms of criminal law.”
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