Antonio Rudiger has denied biting Paul Pogba during France’s 1-0 Euro 2020 convert Germany.
The German defender seemed to make contact together with his mouth on France midfielder Pogba’s back in Tuesday’s Group F opener.
Manchester United man Pogba initially reacted in shock, but later insisted Rudiger should face no punishment.
Rudiger has now moved to clarify things, insisting he didn’t bite Pogba, and therefore the Chelsea defender is known to harbor regrets over the incident.
“I shouldn’t be compared with my mouth to his back, little question about it,” Rudiger said.
“It looks unfortunate. Paul and that I have talked about it as friends after the ultimate whistle.”
Referee Carlos Del Cerro Grande and his team of officials took no action during the Munich encounter, and Pogba quickly insisted after the match that he agreed thereupon stance.
“I’m not crying for cards, yellow, red cards, due to such actions,” said Pogba.
“He nibbled, I think, a touch bit on me. But we’ve known one another for an extended time.
“I told the referee and he takes decisions and he took a choice. It’s over.
“It was an excellent match for us, and that I didn’t want him to be suspended due to such a situation.
“It was towards the top of the match. We hugged one another and that’s it.”
Reigning world champions France got their campaign off to a positive start because of a goal from Germany defender Mats Hummels.
Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema both saw strikes chalked off for offside and Adrien Rabiot struck the surface of a post as Les Bleus pushed for a second.
Thomas Muller, Ilkay Gundogan, and Serge Gnabry couldn’t capitalize on openings for Germany in an enticing contest.