Paul Pogba speaks out on alleged bite incident with Antonio Rudiger in Euro 2020 clash
The Manchester United star has played down Antonio Rudiger’s bite following France’s
win over Germany
at Euro 2020 and has called on UEFA to not suspended the defender over the incident.
Germany and Chelsea defender Rudiger appeared to bite France and Manchester United
midfielder Pogba on the back during the first half in Munich.
Pogba cried out and complained to referee Carlos del Cerro Grande, but the Spanish
official decided to take no action over the episode.
After France edged victory, thanks to a Mats Hummels own goal, man of the match Pogba
defended Rudiger and said he did not want to see him hit with a retrospective ban
And Pogba is keen for the Chelsea center-back to avoid punishment.
‘In terms of Tony, we’re friends. There was nothing big,’ Pogba, who was named man of
the match, 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 halftime, former Manchester United former 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.’