JUDE BELLINGHAM is under investigation by the German FA (DFB) after blasting the 'match fixer' referee as Borussia Dortmund lost 3-2 to Bayern Munich on Saturday.
That is according to German reports who state the England midfielder will have to face the music after his scathing comments.
The 18-year-old was left incensed when ref Felix Zwayer pointed to the spot at 2-2 with 13 minutes remaining after the ball struck Mats Hummels' arm.
Robert Lewandowski converted the dubious penalty to condemn Bellingham's Dortmund to defeat.
And after the final whistle, the former Birmingham ace blasted: "For me it wasn't a penalty.
"Hummels is not even looking at the ball and he's fighting to get it.
"It hits him, I don't think he's looking at the ball. You can look at a lot of the other decisions in the game.
"You give a referee that has, you know, match fixed before, the biggest game in Germany… What do you expect?"
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Bellingham's comments did not go down well and referee observer Marco Haase filed a complaint for defamation and insult, according to Bild.
Referee Manuel Grafe has also reportedly had a complaint filed against him relating to comments he made about Zwayer in the past.
Zwayer was involved in the Robert Hoyzer betting scandal in 2004-05.
He was banned for six months having once accepted 300 euros from Hoyzer, but he has long been considered rehabilitated.
Grafe previously said: "Anyone who has ever accepted money and kept Hoyzer's manipulation secret for half a year shouldn't whistle for professional football."
The German FA (DFB) is already investigating Bellingham's outburst and he could receive a suspension as a result.
Dr. Anton Nachreiner – chair of the DFB control committee – told BILD: "The control committee will examine the statement of the Dortmund player Jude Bellingham for their relevance to sports criminal law."
Dortmund boss Marco Rose defended his young star and said: “These are statements that were made in a highly emotional and disappointed situation.
"You certainly don't have to do it like that, but Jude also names facts. We fully support the boys."
And Dortmund director Michael Zorc said: "The boy is 18, talking after a heated, emotional game.
"He names old facts, you don't have to do that. He's just a hot spur.
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"The things are in the world now, but we stand by him. I don't see anything problematic in terms of criminal law."
But Germany legend and Bayern director Oliver Kahn said: "I'm the last person, who doesn't have understanding for players emotions but of course that's a huge step too far.
"I don't know where he gets the idea to make such a statement."
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