England manager Gareth Southgate has insisted that he has no concerns over the appointment of referee Felix Zwayer for Wednesday’s Euro 2024 quarter-final against the Netherlands.

It was announced by UEFA on Sunday that Felix Zwayer, 43, would officiate the match in Dortmund, despite serving a six-month ban after being found to have accepted a €300 (£253.82) bribe from fellow referee Robert Hoyzer in a 2005 scandal.

Zwayer was implicated in a scandal which centred around second tier boss Hoyzer, who took bribes to fix several matches.

He has also previously clashed with England midfielder Jude Bellingham. But Southgate said at a press conference on Tuesday that he has faith in UEFA’s selection process.

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Zwayer’s history with Bellingham began with a Bundesliga match between the Englishman’s former club Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in 2021.

Zwayer turned down Dortmund appeals for a penalty during the crunch clash and later awarded Bayern a spot-kick after penalising Mats Hummels for handball.

Robert Lewandowski converted to give the visitors a win which took them four points clear of Dortmund at the top of the table.

Bayern would go on to win the league, with Dortmund second. Bellingham, who was 18 at the time, hit out at Zwayer after the final whistle.

‘You can look at a lot of the decisions in the game,’ Bellingham said in a post-match TV interview.

You give a referee, that has match-fixed before, the biggest game in Germany. What do you expect?’

Bellingham was subsequently fined €40,000 (£33,843) and even investigated by German police, while Zwayer took a two-month break from officiating.

However, Dortmund insisted they were ‘100 per cent’ behind their player.

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