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Zidane's head-butt immortalised in Paris art museum

September 27, 2012 10:14 IST

Zinedine Zidane's infamous head-butt on Italian Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final has been immortalised in a statue now on display in Paris.

The five-metre (16 feet) bronze statue, by artist Adel Abdessemed, captures the moment when the French captain lunged at Materazzi's chest during extra time.

A statue prepared by artist Adel Abdessemed, depicting former French national soccer team player Zinedine Zidane's (left) head-butting Italian defender Marco Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup final, is seen in front of the Centre Pompidou modern art museum in ParisZidane was sent off and never played international football again. France, who won the World Cup in 1998, lost the final to Italy on penalties.

Zidane later said he head-butted Materazzi because of insulting comments the Italian made to him on the pitch.

The statue is being exhibited in front of Paris's Pompidou centre and will remain on display until Jan 7 next year.

Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

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