Claude Makelele hits the nail on the head with Jude Bellingham prediction as ban looms

Claude Makelele has offered his thoughts on Jude Bellingham (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

Legendary midfielder Claude Makelele thinks Jude Bellingham has looked tired over the course of Euro 2024. Bellingham was England’s saviour against Slovakia after levelling the score in the dying seconds with an extraordinary overhead kick.

Ahead of the Three Lions’ quarter-final clash against Switzerland this weekend, Bellingham could be facing a hefty fine or even suspension. While he was celebrating his goal, Bellingham was seen making a gesture towards his groin, in an act he claims was an inside joke with friends rather than a disrespectful act towards his opponents.

Regardless, UEFA is currently probing into the situation, opening up a “disciplinary investigation regarding a potential violation of the basic rules of decent conduct” to determine if Article 57 of the FIFA disciplinary code has been breached. However, Makelele’s comments suggest he would benefit from a rest any ban would impose on him, particularly if England prevail against Switzerland.

Speaking to wettfreunde.net, Makelele said: “Like many of the stars at this European Championship, he also seems relatively tired. Nevertheless, I trust that he will now show his best face.When it matters, Jude hardly ever disappoints. He certainly has what it takes to be the star of this European Championship.”

In his first ever start in the European Championship, Bellingham scored a sensational diving header against Serbia which proved to be the winning goal for England. Yet, he found it tough to make his mark in the draws with Denmark and Slovenia in Group C, reports the Mirror.

Gareth Southgate said he nearly subbed Bellingham during the Slovakia game after the midfielder had a rough time on the pitch. However, keeping him on turned out to be a masterstroke as Bellingham’s last-gasp goal spared England’s blushes, preventing an embarrassing round of 16 departure.

He was later substituted alongside Harry Kane during extra time as Southgate looked to introduce fresh legs onto the pitch. The England camp is on tenterhooks over the ongoing probe into Bellingham’s controversial gesture.

This gesture could land Bellingham in a heap of trouble (Image: PA)

After footage surfaced online suggesting the gesture was aimed at Slovakian players, Bellingham hit back on X with a firm rebuttal. In his tweet, which included a red cross and a yawning emoji, Bellingham said: “An inside joke gesture towards some close friends who were at the game. Nothing but respect for how that Slovakia team played tonight.”

Southgate, the England squad and supporters are all anxiously awaiting the outcome of UEFA’s investigation into Bellingham’s actions. A UEFA representative stated: “Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector will conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding a potential violation of the basic rules of decent conduct by the English FA player, Jude Bellingham, having allegedly occurred in the scope of this match.”

Under investigation is Article 57 of the FIFA disciplinary code, which Bellingham is alleged to have violated, the rule states: “Anyone who insults someone in any way, especially by using offensive gestures or language, or who violates the principles of fair pay or whose behaviour is unsporting in any other way may be subject to sanctions in accordance with art. 10 ff.”

Bellingham has represented England 32 times, scoring five goals and providing five assists during his tenure with the Three Lions so far.

Source: https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1917974/claude-makelele-England-Jude-Bellingham-Euro-2024