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WATCH | Pogba removes beer bottles at press conference, plays down Rudiger 'bite'

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Paul Pogba (Getty Images)
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France midfielder Paul Pogba removed beer bottles of headline Euro 2020 sponsor, Heineken, from the table before the start of his post-match press conference with the media.

Les Bleus claimed a 1-0 win over football powerhouse Germany courtesy of an own goal by Mats Hummels on Tuesday in their opening Group F fixture at the Allianz Arena.

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Pogba, who was named Star of the Match, is a devoted Muslim and does not drink alcohol.

The Manchester United star took the same route as Cristiano Ronaldo, who also removed Coca-Cola bottles from the table.

A few days ago before Portugal's opening match against Hungry, the 34-year-old took bottles from the table and said "drink water" as he spoke to the media.

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Meanwhile, Pogba has also played down Antonio Rudiger's apparent attempted bite on his back during the world champions' win over Germany.

Television replays showed Chelsea defender Ruediger putting his mouth on Pogba's shoulder just before half-time in France's 1-0 win over Germany in Munich on Tuesday.

Immediately after the incident, Pogba cried out and complained to Spanish referee Carlos del Cerro Grande, who did not punish the German, and the Manchester United star played it down after the game.

"I think he nibbled at me a little bit, but we've known each other for a long time. Toni and I are friends. It was nothing big. We hugged after the game and it's over," Pogba said.

Pogba said it was "better" that Rudiger escaped punishment.

"I don't want him to be suspended because of that," said the Frenchman, who played a key role in the build-up to Mats Hummels' ultimately decisive own goal.

Pogba said he told the referee what happened but was glad there was no "yellow or red card for such an incident".

In the build-up to the match, Champions League winner Rudiger had said the Germans would need to "be a little dirty" against the French.

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