Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic was certainly in the wars, as his side battled against city rivals, Real Madrid, during the 0-0 first-leg draw at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday night.
The Croatian striker was furious early in the second half, when he was elbowed in the face by Real Madrid defender, Sergio Ramos, inside the penalty area. Blood streaming down his face, he angrily protested to match referee. Whilst that incident certainly caused controversy, there was more to come.
After returning to the pitch, Mandzukic was involved in a tussle with Real Madrid right-back, Dani Carvajal. As the Croatian swung out his arm to fend off his rival, Carvajal appeared to bite the Atletico player.
Serbian referee, Milorad Mazic, who hasn't red-carded any players in the Champions League this season, appeared to completely miss the incident, waving away the protests of both players.
Viendo después del partido que se me acusa de morder a un jugador rival, quiero dejar claro que no he mordido a nadie, ni intento de ello.— Dani Carvajal Ramos (@DaniCarvajal92) April 14, 2015
Via his Twitter account, Carvajal strongly denied having bitten Mandzukic, and observing the press reactions he wrote:
"I'm seeing after the game that I'm accused of biting a rival player. I want to make it clear that I have not bitten anyone, or attempted to do so."
Buenos días! El partido de ayer fue muy duro y los dos equipos lo dimos todo, pero para mí no hubo ninguna polémica, ni mordisco, ni nada.— Mario Mandzukic (@MarioMandzukic9) April 15, 2015
Mario Mandzukic also leapt to the defence of Carvajal, via his own Twitter account, strongly denying any impression he'd been bitten by his Real Madrid rival.
"Good morning! Yesterday's match was very tough and both teams gave everything, but for me there wasn't any controversy, no bite, nothing."
Previously unclear if UEFA were reviewing the incident, or if any further action will be taken, having since examined the post match report of the referee, they have indicated the matter requires no additional attention.
At least as far as the two players involved are concerned it seems, it's all a lot of fuss about nothing.