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Antonio Rudiger denies biting Paul Pogba

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Paul Pogba said Antonio Rudiger had "nibbled… a little bit on me" but should face no punishment.
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Antonio Rudiger will not face action after Paul Pogba claimed the Germany defender “nibbled” him in France’s Euro 2020 opener on Tuesday.

The Chelsea centre-back appeared to touch France midfielder Pogba’s back with his mouth during the Group F clash in Munich, which France won 1-0.

Manchester United man Pogba initially reacted in shock, but later insisted Rudiger should face no punishment.

Paul Pogba (left) speaks with Antonio Rudiger (Matthias Schrader/AP)

The PA news agency understands that will indeed be the case, with organisers UEFA deciding not to open disciplinary proceedings over the matter.

Rudiger himself has attempted to clarify the situation, insisting he did not bite Pogba, although it is understood he does harbour regrets over the incident.

“I should not come close with my mouth to his back, no doubt about it,” Rudiger said.

“It looks unfortunate. Paul and I have talked about it as friends after the final whistle.”

Reigning world champions France got their Euro campaign off to a positive start at the Allianz Arena thanks to an own goal from Germany defender Mats Hummels.

Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema both saw strikes chalked off for offside and Adrien Rabiot struck the outside of a post as Les Bleus pushed for a second.

Thomas Muller, Ilkay Gundogan and Serge Gnabry could not capitalise on openings for Germany in an engaging contest.

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