Paul Pogba revealed that Germany and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger nibbled him during their Euro 2020 opening match. He also hoped that the defender would not face a ban because of the incident. Pogba reacted in an angry manner when the defender put his face close to the midfielder’s back. The act was caught on camera. Pogba also appeared to tell the referee that Rudiger had bitten him. The incident took place at the end of the first half. UEFA has revealed that they will wait for the referee’s match report before deciding whether disciplinary action is necessary.
“I’m not crying for cards, yellow, red cards because of such actions,” Paul Pogba said after their Euro 2020 opener. “He nibbled, I think, a little bit on me. But we have known each other for a long time.”
“I told the referee and he takes decisions and he took a decision. It’s over.” he added. “It was a great match for us … and I didn’t want him to be suspended because of such a situation. It was towards the end of the match. We hugged each other and that’s it.”
France and Germany were both drawn in the group of death and faced each other in a blockbuster opening clash. France came out the winners in a keenly contested affair thanks to a Mats Hummels own goal. France had two goals ruled out by VAR. Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe scored the goals. Paul Pogba was named as the Man of the Match.