Gareth Southgate Stands Firm on Referee Felix Zwayer’s Controversial Appointment for England’s Euro 2024 Semi-final Against the Netherlands in Dortmund

Gareth Southgate has expressed confidence in the controversial appointment of referee Felix Zwayer for England’s Euro 2024 semi-final against the Netherlands.

Felix Zwayer, aged 43, has faced scrutiny due to his involvement in a match-fixing scandal, leading to a suspension in the past.

The appointment has stirred memories of past criticism from Jude Bellingham, who previously condemned Zwayer’s refereeing decisions during a Bundesliga match.

In 2005, Zwayer received a six-month ban for his role in a match-fixing scandal, a controversy that has lingered throughout his career.

Despite the controversy surrounding Zwayer, Gareth Southgate remains unperturbed, emphasizing the importance of respect towards referees in football.

UEFA’s Decision and Monitoring

Southgate trusts UEFA’s rigorous standards in referee selection and monitoring, underscoring their commitment to maintaining high officiating standards during the tournament.


For Southgate and the England team, the focus remains on the game itself, prioritizing sportsmanship and performance over external controversies.

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