Referee Felix Zwayer resumes his career after a two-month hiatus. This was confirmed by the German Football Association (DFB) on Wednesday. This means that the 40-year-old will be available again as a referee in the highest German divisions from next weekend.
“I feel good again, reoriented, strengthened and safe,” said Zwayer. He used the break “after very stressful events and moments for my family and me” to “work through important issues and sort myself and the situation”. Now he looks forward to continuing his “great passion” with “full of anticipation and with a lot of support from the entire football community”.
After public hostilities as a result of the Bundesliga top game between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich (2: 3), Zwayer had ordered himself a break and wanted to think about a possible end to his career.
“We wish him a successful return to the pitch and again enjoy his work as a referee,” said referee boss Lutz Michael Fröhlich: “Nevertheless, we continue to look with concern at the development in social media, which can only be achieved with overarching cohesion and clear sanctions against those who spread hate messages or half-truths or untruths.”