- Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger tenders apology to Benjamin Pavard
- The German star mistakenly stamp his boot on the Frenchman during a match
- Germany and France shared the spoils in the UEFA Nations League game
Germany defender Antonio Rudiger has apologized to France star Benjamin Pavard after catching him with his studs during last night's friendly draw. .
The 25-year-old took to his social media handle to plead his innocence and confirmed he had apologised to Pavard after leaving stud marks on him.
Rudiger said: "Sorry for @BenPavard28, it wasn't intentional.
"I have apologized to him right after it happened and I also want to use this opportunity to wish him a speedy recovery!"
The Chelsea center-back was tackled by the World Cup winner in the UEFA Nations League clash between the two football heavyweights.
And in doing so, Rudiger made a tame attempt to lift his foot over the skidding body of Pavard, and his boot came down heavily on Frenchman.
When the Stuttgart ace got bruises on his neck from the challenge which were clearly visible.
The former Roma centre-back apologized on the pitch but was heavily criticized on Twitter for what many thought was a deliberate stamp.
Rudiger was later cautioned for a tackle on 22-year-old with two minutes of the match remaining at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
France and Germany played out a goalless draw in their opening Nations League match, with Ilkay Gundogan booed and Manchester City team-mate Leroy Sane playing just the final seven minutes.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed he got to know he was sacked by Napoli on the news on television.
The 59-year-old took over as new Blues manager this summer following an impressive spell with the Serie A side.
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