Referee Felix Zwayer has taken a break after heated discussions about himself. “He took a vacation for himself after his last international match. At the moment he is not active as a referee,” said referee boss Lutz Michael Fröhlich on Bild-TV: “You decide that yourself.”
At the end of last year, Fröhlich announced that due to the unrest after the top Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich (2:3) in early December, Zwayer will no longer lead BVB matches. Zwayer last played on December 9 in the Europa League match between Real Sociedad from San Sebastian and PSV Eindhoven (3-0).
“We are doing this to protect the referee,” explained Fröhlich, adding: “But we are very interested in ensuring that conflicts between referees and clubs do not cause referees to stop whistling.”
The debate in Zwayer was sparked by young Dortmund star Jude Bellingham. The Englishman had verbally attacked the referee after the game against Bayern.
Bellingham, who was fined £40,000 for his testimony, referred to Zwayer’s involvement in the manipulation scandal involving former referee Robert Hoyzer.
In 2004, according to the files, Zwayer had taken money from mastermind Hoyzer as an assistant. The Berliner later exposed the scandal, manipulation has never been proven despite the ban.
According to Fröhlich, the files may not represent the events correctly. “Here was Robert Hoyzer’s statement that Felix Zwayer had taken money against Felix Zwayer’s, who denied it. In this situation, he accepted the verdict,” Fröhlich told the kicker: “Whenever the trial was over the last few years, Felix had told me he hadn’t taken any money.”