Antonio Rüdiger will escape action for his apparent “bite” on Paul Pogba.
Chelsea defender Rudiger appeared to nibble the back of Pogba’s neck and tweak his
nipple in the latter stages of the first half of Germany’s opening group F defeat by France.
The incident was spotted by the cameras and looked at by the VAR officials on duty at
Uefa’s Nyon base.
And despite the pictures being shared globally, Uefa have confirmed that no disciplinary
case has been opened by inspectors, clearing Rudiger to face Portugal in Germany’s next
game in Munich on Saturday.
Rudiger, 28, denied biting the France star but conceded that the incident looks
He said: “I should not come close with my mouth to his back, no doubt about it.
“And he stated in our little talk and talking to the press that it was no bite, as some
viewers first thought it was.
“Even during the match, the ref told me that he would have punished me if he thought
that it was violent conduct.”
Pogba appeared perplexed at the time, complaining to the referee.
But the midfielder is glad that Rudiger wasn’t punished.
“I’m not crying for yellow or red cards for such actions. He nibbled, I think, a little bit on
me. “I felt it, I told the referee, he takes the decisions and he took the decision.
“He hasn’t received any card and I think it’s better like this. I don’t want him to be
suspended because of this.” Luis Suarez famously bit Giorgio Chiellini during 2014
World Cup, being slapped with a four-month ban.
The Uruguayan had already received two biting charges prior to that offense, on Otman
Bakkal and Branislav Ivanovic respectively.