Uefa backs semi-final referee Felix Zwayer despite Bellingham remarks

Bellingham fined in 2021 for unproven match-fixing claimZwayer given six-month ban in 2006 for role in scandal

Uefa has given its full backing to Felix Zwayer, who will officiate England’s Euro 2024 semi-final against the Netherlands as planned despite Jude Bellingham making an unproven allegation of match-fixing against the referee, which he denies, three years ago.

The governing body has no concerns about Zwayer’s suitability to oversee the game despite Bellingham describing him as “a referee that has match-fixed before” in a high-profile run-in during 2021. Bellingham was referring to a case that led to the German official being banned for six months in 2006, after a match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in December 2021. The Guardian understands Uefa has complete confidence in Zwayer, who has been Fifa listed since 2012.

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