France midfielder Paul Pogba has claimed that he was ‘nibbled’ by Germany defender Antonio Rudiger during the Euro 2020 clash between the two countries on Tuesday night, but insists he does not wish to see the Chelsea player suspended as a result.
Rudiger bizarrely put his face close to Pogba’s back during the incident that happened towards the end of the first half in Munich and the Manchester United star reacted angrily when it appeared that his opponent had tried to bite him.
An animated Pogba informed the referee at the time but no further action was taken.
Speaking about it after the final whistle, Pogba gave his view on what happened but insisted that he wants to take it no further and the matter is already closed as far as he is concerned.
“I’m not crying for cards, yellow, red cards because of such actions. He nibbled, I think, a little bit on me. But we have known each other for a long time,” Pogba is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“I told the referee and he takes decisions and he took a decision. It’s over. I didn’t want him to be suspended because of such a situation. It was towards the end of the [first half]. We hugged each other and that’s it.”
Luis Suarez was famously given a four-month worldwide ban by FIFA after he bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup.
The Uruguayan had already been previously banned for two other biting incidents, although all three were much more obvious and more aggressive than what Rudiger appeared to do to Pogba.
France won the highly anticipated match between the two most successful teams in Euros history 1-0 thanks to a solitary first half own goal from Germany’s Mats Hummels. It gives them an early advantage in the battle to finish top of the so-called group of death.