Plain text in the “The Situation of the League” on BILD live!
This time, referee boss Lutz Michael Fröhlich (64) was the guest of the moderators Walter M. Straten, deputy editor-in-chief Sport, and Alfred Draxler, chief columnist.
Particularly in focus: referee Felix Zwayer (40), who will not whistle any more games from Borussia Dortmund for the time being.
Fröhlich also reveals that the referee is currently not whistling any games: “Felix Zwayer took a vacation for himself after his last international game. At the moment he doesn’t whistle any games. That is self-determined by him. “
Zwayer’s last game was a few weeks ago. On December 9th, he whistled Real Sociedad’s Europa League match against PSV Eindhoven.
The referee was heavily attacked after Borussia Dortmund’s top game against FC Bayern (2: 3) and several controversial decisions, including the penalty that brought the victory.
Dortmund young star Jude Bellingham caused a sensation on Norwegian TV in 2005 with an allusion to Zwayer’s involvement in the manipulation scandal involving the then referee Robert Hoyzer. “You give a referee who has already postponed games the biggest game in Germany. What do you expect?”
Fröhlich explains why Zwayer won’t whistle any Dortmund games for the time being: “We’re doing this to protect the referee. But we are very interested in ensuring that conflicts between referees and clubs do not lead to referees stop whistling. “