Did Antonio Rudiger BITE Paul Pogba? Germany defender appears to ‘do a Suarez’ on France midfielder in bizarre incident missed by the officials… but Roy Keane insists it was ‘more of a nibble than a bite’
- Antonio Rudiger and Paul Pogba were involved in a bizarre incident at the Euros
- Germany defender Rudiger looked to direct a bite into France star Pogba’s back
- The altercation was seen on camera and Pogba had complained to the officials
- No action had been taken during the game with the incident seemingly missed
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.
Germany defender Antonio Rudiger looked to bite France superstar Paul Pogba during the two nations’ Euro 2020 clash on Tuesday evening.
In truly bizarre scenes, Rudiger was caught on camera moving in towards Pogba’s back and then leaning his head forwards.
It then appeared that he tried to sink his teeth through the jersey, leaving his opponent visibly reeling and confused.
Germany defender Antonio Rudiger looked to bite France midfielder Paul Pogba at Euro 2020
Rudiger was caught on camera leaning in to Pogba’s back before then sinking his teeth down
Pogba quickly complained to the referee, but with the incident largely going unnoticed until the half-time break, no action was taken.
No VAR review was held, either, and the game was allowed to continue, leaving any potential repercussions uncertain currently.
Chelsea centre back Rudiger had been marking Pogba just before half-time in the heavyweight fixture in Munich.
Pogba appealed to the officials after the altercation but no action was taken during the game
The midfielder’s reaction looked to be delayed, but he clearly pointed towards his shoulder blades when making the officials aware of the apparent bite.
UEFA may choose to look into the incident post-match, with severe punishments having been meted out for similar altercations in the past.
ITV’s punditry team of Patrick Vieira, Roy Keane and Ian Wright were left bemused by the bite, but former Manchester United captain Keane labelled it ‘more of a nibble’.
Having re-watched the footage, Vieira said: ‘When you see Pogba’s reaction, it felt like a bite. I don’t really understand what he was trying to do there.’
Pogba was seen yelping in pain after the apparent bite, with Rudiger protesting his innocence
Keane then responded on turn by insisting: ‘I think it was more of a nibble than a bite. It’s a silly thing to do.’
Wright believes that the nature of Pogba’s reaction suggested that the bite may not have made contact at all.
‘If he’s bit him there, he’s going to flinch,’ Wright argued. ‘He’s not flinched at all.’
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez notoriously bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup – and was later banned for four months and fined £66,000.
Luis Suarez has been punished for biting three times, including a chomp at the 2014 World Cup
Uruguay striker Suarez was seen sinking his teeth into the shoulder of Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini
Suarez, now of Atletico Madrid, has been punished for the same offence on three separate occasions during his career.
The 34-year-old accepted a seven-match ban during his time at Ajax for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakka in 2010.
He was also hit with a 10-game suspension for chomping down on Chelsea full back Branislav Ivanovic three years later.
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