The lineman said he didn’t see it. Neither did the Spanish referee. And television replays were inconclusive.
But Euro 2020 got its first real controversy on Tuesday:
Did Germany’s Antonio Rudiger bite the shoulder of France’s Paul Pogba?
Let’s move on to the videotape.
The incident happened just before halftime, as Rudiger hid behind Pogba as Germany prepared to receive a throw-in deep during their team’s group-stage match in Munich.
In the United States, ESPN’s broadcast team made no conclusions about what happened. In the UK, Roy Keane, who knows a thing or two about getting under an opponent’s skin, called it more “munching” than biting on ITV. in Brazil, where he is preparing Plays for Uruguay in Copa America on Friday, Luis Suarez Probably wondering why it suddenly became a trending topic on Twitter.
But was it a bite? Or did it look like this?
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenberg suggested on ESPN that replays offered Rudiger a largely denial. He said there was no way – or even the video review system in operation at the tournament – could have ruled this out beyond a shadow of a doubt. The video-assistant referee was more certain of the two French goals he dismissed for offside.)
But almost as soon as Pogba vs. Rudiger became a flash point, it was over. The game continued with Rudiger taking a free kick. A few minutes after that, it was half the time. But really, what was Pogba complaining about?
Let’s hope he provides a little clarity after the match, which France won 1-0.