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Manchester United star Paul Pogba claimed that Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger “nibbled” him during 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, and the Frenchman insisted that he didn’t want the German to be 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.”
Speaking at half time, former Manchester United captain Roy Keane said of the incident: “I think it was more of a nibble than a bite.
“It wasn’t a proper bite but a silly thing to do.”
Arsenal and France legend, Patrick Vieira, who won the World Cup and European Championship with France was surprised at Rudiger’s antics as he said: “When you see that Pogba reaction, it looks like a bite.
“I don’t really understand what he is trying to do there.”