Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has played down Antonio Rudiger’s bite following France’s Euro 2020 1-0 win over Germany on Tuesday night.
Pogba also called on UEFA not to suspend the Chelsea defender over the incident.
France defeated Germany at the Allianz Arena following Mats Hummel’s first-half own goal.
But Rudiger caused controversy before the half-time after he was caught biting Pogba when they were together off the ball.
Pogba complained to Spanish referee, Carlos del Cerro Grande, who took no action, while VAR didn’t appear to review the incident.
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“In terms of Tony [Rudiger], we are friends. There was nothing big,” Pogba, who was named man of the match, said at his post-match press conference after the game.
“I think you saw the television pictures, this is all over, this belongs to the past, I am not crying for yellow or red cards because of such actions.
“He nibbled, I think, a little bit on me, but we have known each other for a long time.
“I felt it, I told the referee, he takes the decisions and he takes the decision. It’s over, I just want to play football.
“He has not received any card, I think it is 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.”
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