France midfielder Paul Pogba says he doesn’t want Antonio Rudiger “to be suspended” after the Germany star “nibbled” him on Tuesday night.
Mats Hummels’ own goal saw France seal a tight 1-0 win over Germany in Munich in their opening game of Euro 2020.
Hummels could not adjust his feet quickly enough, turning a Lucas Hernandez cross past Manuel Neuer after 20 minutes of the Group F clash.
Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema had goals ruled out for offside in the second half but it mattered little in the end as the world champions took a precious three precious points at the Allianz Arena.
With Portugal beating Hungary 3-0 earlier on in the other Group F game, it already leaves Germany with plenty of work to do to qualify for the knockout stages.
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Man Utd midfielder Pogba was named man of the match against the Germans and was involved in the weirdest incident of the game as Chelsea star Rudiger nibbled his back.
Reacting to the incident, Pogba told reporters: “In terms of Tony, we’re friends. There was nothing big.
“I think you saw the television pictures, this is all over, this belongs to the past, I’m not crying for yellow or red cards because of 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 a decision. It’s over, I just want to play football.
“He hasn’t received any card, I think it’s 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.”
Roy Keane gave his thoughts on ITV, he said: “I think it was more of a nibble than a bite. It wasn’t a proper bite but a silly thing to do.”
And former France international Patrick Vieira added: “When you see that Pogba reaction, it looks like a bite. I don’t really understand what he is trying to do there.”