Antonio Rudiger appears to bite Paul Pogba during France vs Germany clash

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Germany and Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger appears to have bitten Manchester United's French midfielder during their Euro 2020 clash.

The World Cup winners went into half time 1-0 up at the Allianz Stadium as the European heavyweights opened their campaigns.

But footage has emerged from the closing moments of the half of the Blues defender appearing to try and leave his mark on his opponent.

In the clip, there is a minute left as the pair are standing in close proximity, with Rudiger behind the midfielder.

As he puts his head towards the Frenchman's shoulder, he appears to clamp down on the shirt – leaving Pogba screaming out for the referee's attention.

Rudiger also grabs Pogba's chest before the whistle is blown.

The incident also happened straight in front of the assistant referee in Munich.

Footage of the "bite" picked up thousands of views within minutes on Twitter, where fans were left in shock.

"This is so weird from Rudiger," one said.

Another commented: "Did Rudiger really just bite Pogba?"

While another referenced a famous incident seven years ago, with: "Rudiger did a [Luis] Suarez on Pogba."

This refers to the Uruguayan's bite on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder during the 2014 World Cup which got him suspended for nine international matches.

The incident was also discussed in the ITV studio at half-time, with the pundits having very different views.

French legend Patrick Vieira said: “When you see that Pogba reaction, it looks like a bite. I don’t really understand what he is trying to do there."

But his United rival Roy Keane and former Arsenal team-mate Ian Wright believed it was soft.

“I don’t know what he has done there – he’s not flinched at all. I can’t see it," the Gunners hero said.

While the Old Trafford icon said: “I think it was more of a nibble than a bite. It wasn’t a proper bite but a silly thing to do."

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