Antonio Rudiger is not afraid to get physical with the opposition but now he could face punishment. Antonio Rudiger appeared to bite Paul Pogba towards the end of the first half of Germany’s match against France in Euro 2020. The Manchester United midfielder was furious that the officials did not check the incident. The German defender touched tight to his opposite number, as he tried to prevent his movement. But replays showed that Rudiger appeared to in fact bite Pogba on the back.
The reaction from Pogba was immediate, as he screamed in shock. He then ran to the linesman to see if he saw the incident but the officials were not willing to take a second look. Pogba did not take no for an answer though, which would suggest he felt there was clear intent behind the actions of Rudiger. Former France midfielder Patrick Vieira said, “When you see that Pogba reaction, it felt like a bite. So I don’t really understand what he was trying to do there, Rudiger.” “I think it was more of a nibble wasn’t it than a bite,” Roy Keane said. “Yeah it wasn’t a proper bite. But a silly thing to do.” UEFA will be expected to assess the incident after the match to decide whether Rudiger could face punishment.
Interestingly, just three days ago Rudiger admitted he was not scared of using the dark arts against the opposition and his comments may not do his case any favours when protesting his innocence. Back in 2014 at the World Cup in Brazil, Luis Suarez was hit with a four-month ban by FIFA for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini. It was the third time he’d been punished for the same offence. The Uruguayan striker accepted a seven-match ban during his time with Ajax for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakka on the shoulder.