Chelsea star Rudiger in horror elbow smash on Elvedi in Germany’s 3-3 draw with Switzerland
and gets away with it
The Chelsea defender, 27, lined up in defense for Germany in their Nations League clash with Switzerland.
But the ex- A.S. Roma star was fortunate not to go in for a slightly early bath in the 3-3 draw.
As he went up for a header with Swiss center-back Nico Elvedi in the fifth minute of injury time, Rudiger led
with his elbow and caught the Borussia Monchengladbach man flush on the jaw.
The severity of the incident was seemingly misinterpreted by the referee who showed the Blues defender
a yellow card.
And the Nations League does not have VAR in operation to review possible red cards.
Rudiger drew criticism from many – including plenty of Chelsea fans – on social media for the challenge.
BT Sport commentator Ian Darke wrote: “Rudiger would definitely have been sent off if VAR had been operating.
Nasty challenge with elbow.”
Rudiger in horror elbow smash against Nico Elvedi
Another said: “Rudiger should be sent off for that. Awful challenge with the elbow.”
A third added: “Elbow to the face! Why isn’t Rudiger sent off!?”
One user commented: “Rudiger is wild for that elbow. Dangerous as hell smh.