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Antonio Rudiger has admitted he was in the wrong after an incident appeared to show him biting Paul Pogba.
The incident occured in the closing stages of France’s Euro 2020 opener vs Germany in Munich.
Pogba was facing away from the Chelsea defender, only for Rudiger to open his mouth and appear to bite his back.
The Manchester United star instantly reacted and confronted referees and officials asking for punishment.
It was decided no further action was required at the time and UEFA have since confirmed Rudiger will face no retrospective action.
That’s the outcome Pogba wanted, after he suggested he was happy for the incident to be left in the past.
Rudiger appeared to bite Pogba, although no action was taken
“I’m not crying for cards, yellow, red cards, because of such actions,” said Pogba. ‘He nibbled, I think, a little bit on me. But we have known each other for a long time.
“I told the referee and he takes decisions and he took a decision. It’s over.
“It was a great match for us, and I didn’t want him to be suspended because of such a situation.
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“It was towards the end of the match. We hugged each other and that’s it.”
And Rudiger has backed up Pogba’s assessment that there is no ill-feeling between the two, labelling the Frenchman as his friend.
“I should not come close with my mouth to his back, no doubt about it,” Rudiger said. ‘It looks unfortunate.
“Paul and I have talked about it as friends after the final whistle.”
Rudiger has admitted it was an "unfortunate" incident but believes it has now been resolved
(Image: Pool via REUTERS)
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Rudiger’s action was amplified after he sent a pre-match message to his German teammates urging them to be a “little dirty” in order to stop the tournament favourites.
“Of course, they have good forwards, we have to be ready to win the one-on-one challenges,” he said in the build-up to the clash in Munich.
“We have to be a little dirty, not always be nice or try to play nice football.
”Against players like them, you have to throw down a marker.”
Germany will look to kickstart their championships on Saturday when they face Portugal in Munich, knowing defeat, twinned with a French win over Hungary, would rule them out of the running for a second placed finish and all-but end their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages.