Antonio Rudiger has been accused of biting Paul Pogba during France’s 1-0 victory
against Germany on Tuesday evening.
Replays revealed that Rudiger appeared to bite the French midfielder’s shirt in an
attempt to aggravate him, Pogba appeared incensed after a coming together with
Rudiger and complained passionately to the assistant referee.
The World Cup holders secured a 1-0 win in Tuesday’s match
in Munich courtesy of an own goal from Mats Hummels, with the hosts struggling to
break down France’s stubborn defense and looking vulnerable on the break.
Rudiger appeared to show his frustration just before the half-time whistle, trying to take
a chomp out of Pogba as the two players tussled.
The Frenchman gave a belated scream and appealed to the referee, but the incident was
not looked at further by VAR and Rudiger escaped unpunished.
When you see Pogba’s reaction, it felt like a bite,’ said Patrick Vieira on ITV Sport during
the half-time interval.
‘But I don’t really understand what he was trying to do there really.’
Roy Keane chimed in: ‘I think it was more of a nibble than a bite. It wasn’t a proper bite, was it? Silly thing to do though obviously.’
Ian Wright was equally confused by the incident, adding: ‘If he’s bitten him there he’s
going to flinch.
‘He’s not flinched at all. He’s not flinched there. I don’t know what’s happened there. Can’t see it.’