Why is Germany’s Antonio Rudiger wearing a face mask at Euro 2020?

What has the Chelsea defender been wearing and what is the purpose of it? Goal brings you all you need to know

If you’ve been paying close attention to Germany at Euro 2020, you’ll have noticed that their defender Antonio Rudiger is wearing a mask while he plays.

It’s not a tribute to Batman, or even to Robin, nor is it a fashion statement, so what exactly is the Chelsea centre-back got it on his face during games?

In case you’ve been wondering what it’s for, Goal brings you all you need to know.

Why is Antonio Rudiger wearing a face mask?

The face mask worn by Antonio Rudiger during games is a protective one designed to shield his facial bones and minimise the risk of further injury.

Rudiger first sustained a blow to his face during the first leg of Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final clash against Real Madrid on April 27.

“He has a little bone injury on the side of the face,” explained Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel at the time. “The collision [with Alvaro Odriozola] at the very end of the game was a bit unlucky.” 

Since then, Rudiger has played games with a face mask as a protective measure and has continued to do so into June while playing for Germany at the European Championship.

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The reason for the continuation of the mask is that Rudiger believes his national team will have to get stuck in if they want to beat the best.

“It’s still there for protection,” said the no-nonsense 28-year-old ahead of Germany’s meeting with France. “I’ll have to see what the Chelsea doctors say when I get back to London.”

He added: “We have to be a little dirty, not always be nice or try to play nice football. Against players like them, you have to throw down a marker.”