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Paul Pogba speaks out on the alleged Antonio Rudiger’s bite incident in Euro 2020 encounter.

Paul Pogba speaks out on the alleged Antonio Rudiger’s bite incident in Euro 2020 encounter.

Paul Pogba leaped to the defense of Antonio Rudiger after the two were caught up in a biting episode as France conquered Germany.

Germany and Chelsea defender Rudiger seemed to bite France and Manchester United midfielder Pogba on the back during the first half in Munich.

Pogba cried out and charged to referee Carlos del Cerro Grande, but the Spanish official opted to take no action over the incident.

After France edged triumph, thanks to a Mats Hummels own goal, a man of the match Pogba defended Rudiger and said he did not want to see him punished with a retrospective ban.

“With Tony, we are friends,” said Pogba. “This was nothing big. I think you saw the TV pictures, this is all over, this belongs to the past, I’m not crying for yellow or red cards for such actions.

“He nibbled, I think, a little bit on me, but we’ve known each other for a long time.

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“I felt it, I told the referee, he takes the decisions and he took the decision. It’s over, I just want to play football.

“He hasn’t received any card, I think it’s better like this. 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.”

Pogba and Rudiger partook several words at full-time and seemed to be entirely friendly, implying there is absolutely no bad blood between them.

Speaking on ITV at half-time, pundits Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira, and Ian Wright were undecided on the full length of the ‘bite’.

Ex-Arsenal skipper Vieira, a World Cup winner in 1998 and European Championship winner in 2000 with France, said: “When you see that Pogba reaction, it looks like a bite.

“I don’t really understand what he is trying to do there.”

Former Manchester United skipper Keane said: “I think it was more of a nibble than a bite. It wasn’t a proper bite but a silly thing to do.”

Wright however maintained Pogba was making a feast of the incident: “He’s not flinched at all. I can’t see it.”

There has been no remark from UEFA on the incident.

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Paul Pogba speaks out on the alleged Antonio Rudiger’s bite incident in Euro 2020 encounter.

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