English Openings – England-Holland to Zwayer: “Bellingham’s Nightmare”

Will be Felix Zwayer to referee the Euro 2024 semi-final between the Netherlands and England. A designation that left the British tabloids perplexed, given the German referee’s history with Jude Bellingham. The Sun headline: “Reffin Nightmare”, recalling when the current Real Madrid player made controversial statements about the match referee himself.

An episode that happened three years ago, after a Borussia Dortmund-Bayern Bundesliga match decided by a disputed penalty. The former Borussia Dortmund player had very harsh words against Zwayer: “There was no penalty and other decisions left me perplexed. After all, why should I be surprised? They sent a referee to the most important match of the Bundesliga who has fixed a match in the past…”.