June 17, 2021

Final Decision Reached on Rudiger Bite

The Euro 2020 match between France and Germany on Tuesday, 15 June, will be remembered not only as a 1-0 victory for the French team, but mostly for Antonio Rudiger biting Paul Pogba – and UEFA have reached a decision on the matter.

The German defender has since denied that he bit the Manchester United midfielder on his back during the first half of the clash at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany.

Pogba initially reacted to the nibble, but later pleaded with referee Carlos del Cerro Grande that no action be taken against his “friend”.

In a post-match interview, he spoke up about the incident: “I felt it, I told the referee, he takes the decisions and he took the decision. [Rudiger] hasn’t received any card and I think it’s better like this. I don’t want him to be suspended because of this.”

As a show of sportsmanship, the footballers hugged after the final whistle.

The European football governing body announced on Wednesday, 16 June, that Rudiger will not face disciplinary action, leaving him free to play for his home-team against Portugal on Saturday, 19 June.

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