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Bizarre referee 'fraud' complaint made to police by Schalke fan after Bayern loss

16:39 BST 27/08/2019
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In a rather odd turn of events, two match officials have been accused by a fan with an official complaint lodged with North Rhine-Westphalia Polic

A Budesliga referee and VAR match official have been accused of fraud by a disgruntled Schalke supporter who submitted an official complaint to police following the club's defeat on Saturday.

David Wagner's side suffered a 3-0 defeat against champions Bayern Munich to keep them winless after the first two games of the new season, but one fan felt that his team had been unjustly cheated out of a result.

Both man in the middle Marco Fritz and video assistant Bastian Dankert were referred to police by the individual after the pair failed to award a pair of appeals for handball against Benjamin Pavard and Ivan Perisic in the second half, with Schalke trailing by two goals.

Neither incident was deemed to warrant anything from Fritz and the experienced official later confirmed that Dankert had not given him any further indication of an error on his part.

North Rhine-Westphalia Police confirmed on social media that they had received the accusation, and jested on Twitter: "A Schalke fan made a complaint against the referee and video referee because of fraud.

"Reason: two penalties that were not given against Bayern. Police are examining the case."

In response to a further question on police verdicts on other matches, the constabulary further replied: "You can always contact us. We would also provide handkerchiefs if the last tears haven't yet dried."

Schalke's own Twitter feed got in on the act as well, posting: "We've asked around internally. This was from none of us ... word of honour.

"Possibly helpful: We know eyewitnesses who were at the scene of the crime at the time."

Bayern completed their rout of their hosts with a Robert Lewandowski hat-trick, including a penalty for a challenge on Kingsley Coman by Jonjoe Kenny.

Wagner subsequently expressed dismay with the officiating, telling reporters: "Honestly, I'm looking forward to an explanation."

The club drew in their opening game of the new Bundesliga season with Borussia Monchengladbach, playing out a scoreless encounter.

They next host Hertha Berlin on August 31, before they have a fortnight off for the international break.