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Don’t punish Rudiger for bite says France midfielder Pogba after Euro opener

Paul Pogba said that he doesn’t want Antonio Rudiger suspended retrospectively after the German defender appeared to bite the French midfielder during their country’s UEFA Euro 2020 clash on Tuesday night.

France beat Germany 1-0 in Munich on Tuesday, with Mats Hummels’ own goal settling the match in favour of the world champions France.

The Chelsea defender was caught on camera moving in towards Pogba’s back and then leaning his head forwards.

It then appeared that he tried to sink his teeth through the jersey, leaving his opponent visibly reeling and confused.

Pogba complained to the referee, but with the incident largely going unnoticed until the half-time break, no action was taken. 

“He nibbled a little bit and I felt it so I told the ref,” said Pogba. 

“But I am not crying for a yellow or a red card.

“He has not received any card and I don’t want him suspended because of that situation. We hugged at the end and it’s over.”

No VAR review was held and the game was allowed to continue, leaving any potential repercussions uncertain. 

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