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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Zidane and Materazzi fined and banned by FIFA

ZURICH, Switzerland (AP)—Zinedine Zidane was banned by FIFA for three games Thursday for head-butting Italy defender Marco Materazzi during the World Cup final. Materazzi was suspended for two matches.

World soccer's governing body also fined Zidane $6,000 and Materazzi $4,000 after a disciplinary committee heard the former France captain's account of what led to the incident. Because Zidane has retired, he agreed to do three days of community service with children as part of FIFA's humanitarian projects.


There you have it. Zidane gets to keep his Golden Boot Award, will make a few appearances for FIFA and gladly sign the $6K check. He should have gotten a much larger fine and a symbolic suspension of at least 10 games. After all 1.3 billion people watched his deliberate attack. Also, Totti was suspended for 3 games after the last World Cup for spitting.

With that said, Happy Retirement, Zizzou!


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