‘It looks unfortunate’: Rüdiger denies biting Pogba and is cleared by Uefa


Antonio Rüdiger has denied biting Paul Pogba during France’s 1-0 Euro 2020 win over Germany and will not face any punishment from Uefa over the incident. The Germany defender appeared to make contact with his mouth on Pogba’s back in Tuesday’s Group F opener.

Pogba initially reacted in shock but later insisted Rüdiger should face no punishment. Rüdiger is understood to harbour regrets over the incident. Uefa has chosen not to open a disciplinary case after reviewing the matter.

“I should not come close with my mouth to his back, no doubt about it,” the Chelsea player said. “It looks unfortunate. Paul and I have talked about it as friends after the final whistle.”

The referee, Carlos del Cerro Grande, and his team of officials took no action and Pogba said after the match he agreed with that.

“I’m not crying for cards, yellow, red cards, because of such actions,” the Manchester United midfielder said. “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.”