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azdaja
Jul 20th, 2006, 02:04 PM
http://fifa.com/en/media/index/0,1369,118464,00.html?articleid=118464

Zurich, 20 July 2006 - Suspensions and fines were the sanctions pronounced by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee at its meeting today (Thursday, 20 July 2006) as part of the disciplinary proceedings opened against Zinedine Zidane (France) and Marco Materazzi (Italy) after their clash during the 2006 FIFA World Cupô final in Berlin on 9 July. Zinedine Zidane has also agreed to do community service work with children and youngsters.

Meeting under the chairmanship of Marcel Mathier (Switzerland), the five-man FIFA Disciplinary Committee imposed a three-match ban and a fine of CHF 7,500 on Zinedine Zidane on account of his head-butt to Materazzi's chest. 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. Materazzi was suspended for two official matches of the Italian national team and fined the sum of CHF 5,000 for repeatedly provoking Zidane.

FIFA gave both players the right to be heard in accordance with the FIFA Disciplinary Code. The hearing with Marco Materazzi was held at FIFA headquarters on 14 July, with Zinedine Zidane questioned during today's meeting. 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.

Referee Horacio Elizondo (Argentina) sent Zidane off in the 110th minute of the World Cup final after his clash with Materazzi. The incident had been directly observed from his position at the pitchside without the use of a monitor by the fourth official, Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP), who informed the referee and his assistants through the communications system. Both match officials were also invited to attend the meeting. According to the regulations, the fourth official must inform the referee if any acts of violent conduct are committed out of sight of the referee and his assistants.
i suppose it could have been worse for both of them.

Lord Nelson
Jul 20th, 2006, 11:22 PM
so much for the racist taunts that the so called lip readers said they saw on Materazzi. :lol:

Avid Merrion
Jul 20th, 2006, 11:23 PM
so much for the racist taunts that the so called lip readers said they saw on Materazzi. :lol:
:lol: yes, and it's funny how all these so called lip readers came up with something completely different from each other.

RatedR Superstar
Jul 21st, 2006, 03:39 AM
i dont get it, since when do they start suspending people for trash talking? its part of the game

azdaja
Jul 21st, 2006, 08:54 AM
i knew people were simply jumping to conclusions. basically, this was quite a bit immature from both of them with zidane being more in the wrong.

still thanks to both of them for inspiring all those gifs ;)

DuLeafs
Jul 21st, 2006, 09:15 AM
i knew people were simply jumping to conclusions. basically, this was quite a bit immature from both of them with zidane being more in the wrong.

still thanks to both of them for inspiring all those gifs ;)


:lol: :lol: Yeah, that was great!! Thank you guys! :worship:

Avid Merrion
Jul 21st, 2006, 11:09 AM
i dont get it, since when do they start suspending people for trash talking? its part of the game
as far as i'm aware, it's a first for FIFA to fine/suspend a player for sledging. if it's not i'm sure someone will correct me ;)

i wonder where this will all lead? players having to wear mics to prove what other players have said to wind them up? :lol: insanity..... :cuckoo:

Sam L
Jul 21st, 2006, 11:28 AM
as far as i'm aware, it's a first for FIFA to fine/suspend a player for sledging. if it's not i'm sure someone will correct me ;)

i wonder where this will all lead? players having to wear mics to prove what other players have said to wind them up? :lol: insanity..... :cuckoo:

You're exaggerating. But whatever happened to "say no to racism"? I suppose we should let the players say whatever racist things they want because it's just on a football field. It's ok.

Avid Merrion
Jul 21st, 2006, 11:36 AM
You're exaggerating. But whatever happened to "say no to racism"? I suppose we should let the players say whatever racist things they want because it's just on a football field. It's ok.
of course i was exaggerating, maybe my sarcasm wasn't clear in my post. where did i say saying racist things was ok? :confused: both players have said nothing racist was said in this particular case and we have to take their word on that. i certainly would never condone racism.

mc8114
Jul 21st, 2006, 12:31 PM
I was expecting a bigger punishment specially for Materazzi since he's still playing...
Good for them though

azdaja
Jul 21st, 2006, 01:08 PM
You're exaggerating. But whatever happened to "say no to racism"? I suppose we should let the players say whatever racist things they want because it's just on a football field. It's ok.
i edited my first post and put the relevant part in the bold, so we avoid confusion. materazzi did not say anything racist.