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Zidane and Materazzi banned and fined over head-butt

July 20, 2006 19:16 IST
Last Updated: July 20, 2006 19:33 IST

Former France captain Zinedine Zidane and Italy defender Marco Materazzi were both fined and banned by FIFA on Thursday after the head-butting incident that marred the World Cup final on July 9.

Zidane, who has retired as a player, was fined 7,500 Swiss francs ($6,014) and handed a three-match ban by FIFA's Disciplinary Committee following his red card for head-butting Materazzi. As he is no longer a player, he has agreed to undertake three days of community service on FIFA's behalf instead.

The Italian defender, who has admitted insulting Zidane, provoking the Frenchman's head-butt, was handed a two-match ban and fined 5,000 Swiss francs ($4,010).

The bans apply to international competitive matches, even though it is a symbolic ban for Zidane who has confirmed he has no intention of reversing his decision to quit the game.

FIFA said in a statement: "Zinedine Zidane has also agreed to do community service work with children and youngsters. As Zidane has now retired from international football, the committee took note of Zidane's pledge to do three days of community service work with children and youngsters as part of FIFA's humanitarian activities.

"In their statements, both players stressed that Materazzi's comments had been defamatory but not of a racist nature.

"During the course of their hearings both players also apologised to FIFA for their inappropriate behaviour and expressed their regret at the incident."

Zidane head-butted Materazzi in the chest during the closing stages of the July 9 final in Berlin, which Italy subsequently won on penalties.

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Number of User Comments: 6

Sub: Forgotten story

Its long over and fogotten by public. No one bothers what happend with these fines and bans which won't change anything

Posted by Kamal

Sub: Unfare verdict

My view on zidane fine& match ban is truly unfare decision because the whole situation was provoked by materazzi as he used certain words regarding ...

Posted by Glaston

Sub: This is not fair verdict

Zidane did not commit the offence on his own. He was provocated by Materazzi. M'zzi must be severely punished than Zizou. I even suspect that ...

Posted by Srinivasan

Sub: FIFA and ban

Zidane's head butt was to put down racial discrimination he encountered all his life and this was at the highest level-the sports field which claims ...

Posted by mfgoode.

Sub: FIFA penalises Zidane.

My last message was truncated. To make it short. 20 min's before the end Zidane was bowled over ad fwll at t he corner post. ...

Posted by mfgoode.



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