According to referee Felix Zwayer, he has clarified the conflict with Borussia Dortmund with those responsible. Despite his wish, there was no conversation with BVB star Jude Bellingham.
“I just would have liked to talk to him about it,” Zwayer said ZDF sports studio about what happened in the top match between BVB and Bayern Munich (2:3) last December.
After Zwayer’s controversial refereeing decisions, Bellingham publicly brought up his involvement in the Robert Hoyzer manipulation scandal. Zwayer himself later reported death threats against him.
“What happened after that was triggered by a statement from a very young footballer. I would have liked to understand why he’s doing it and where it came from. I don’t think he has a very close personal connection to what happened in 2004. That’s why I wanted to I like to talk to him,” Zwayer said of Bellingham, who is now 18.
This had after the game Viaplay said: “You can look at a lot of other decisions in this game. What do you expect when you broadcast the biggest game in Germany to a referee who has been involved in match-fixing before?”
Zwayer: “Never had a problem with Borussia Dortmund”
Zwayer again emphasized his willingness to talk: “Basically, we referees in the Bundesliga are quite willing to hold talks. I wanted to offer a talk and take a step.”
Meanwhile, Zwayer reported on clarifying talks with BVB managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke, as well as license player boss Sebastian Kehl and coach Marco Rose. “The issues have been discussed between those responsible, i.e. between me and the club officials at Borussia Dortmund,” said Zwayer. “We finally clarified the issue for all of us and said we’d leave it at that. That’s the way to go. Basically, I’ve never had a problem with Borussia Dortmund.”
The criticism from Dortmund that he was via image-Zeitung had made his offer of talks public, but Zwayer rejected it. “Everything that happens to us referees basically goes through the media. Nobody speaks to us directly in that way,” explained the 40-year-old: “In my opinion, the approach was correct at the time. I had a very strong one intention and wanted to place it in public. It was not my intention that it was received the way it was received. Nevertheless, I also admitted in a personal conversation afterwards that it was not happy. Nevertheless, I still have a big one Interested in entering into a dialogue.”
Zwayer also explained that after his self-imposed break, he no longer referees games involving Dortmund: “In the interests of football and because we all prefer to have peace and quiet and because we all prefer to see games where the referee is not the immediate focus, before he’s even blown the first whistle, it’s certainly good to let the grass grow over it.”
Hoyzer scandal: Zwayer denies accepting money
With regard to the Hoyzer scandal, Zwayer emphasized in ZDF again that he never accepted any money. “I would have liked to refute it, but I didn’t have a chance to refute it,” said Zwayer. “I was a young person. Now you can say it might have been a bad decision. I should have tried to disprove it somehow.”
According to the documents, Zwayer accepted money from Hoyzer as an assistant. Later, Zwayer uncovered the scandal, and despite the suspension, manipulation was never proven. However, Zwayer was not banned at the time for allegedly accepting the money at which his testimony against the Hoyzers stood. Zwayer received the penalty because he had not immediately disclosed his knowledge of Hoyzer’s manipulations.