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There was a strange incident between Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in the Euro 2020 clash between France and Germany.
During the game, Pogba reacted angrily after Rudiger seemed to have put his teeth on his back before reaching his arms around the Frenchman’s chest.
Pogba reported the matter to the referee towards the end of the first half in Munich, but no action was taken.
Rudiger has now apologised for his actions and insists it wasn’t intentional.
“I should not come close with my mouth to his back, no doubt about it,” Rudiger said. “It looks unfortunate. Paul and I have talked about it as friends after the final whistle.”
Meanwhile, speaking after the game, Pogba insisted that he didn’t want Rudiger to have been sent off.
“In terms of Tony, we’re friends. There was nothing big,” Pogba said after the game.
“I think you saw the television pictures, this is all over, this belongs to the past, I’m not crying for yellow or red cards because of such actions.
“He nibbled, I think, a little bit on me, but we’ve known each other for a long time.
“I felt it, I told the referee, he takes the decisions and he took a decision. It’s over, I just want to play football.
“He hasn’t received any card, I think it’s better like this. It was a great match for us, for the fans, for the spectators. I don’t want him to be suspended because of such a situation. At the end of the match we hugged each other and that’s it.”