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FIFA punishes Zidane, Materazzi
[ 2006-07-21 09:00 ]

齐达内的“头击”事件终于尘埃落定,日前,国际足联纪律委员会宣布了对齐马二人的处罚结果——齐达内由于头撞对方球员被禁赛3场,罚款7500瑞士法郎;马特拉齐由于用言语挑衅对方球员被禁赛2场,罚款5000瑞士法郎。不过,也有评论认为,这种处罚结果对当事人来说似乎无关痛痒——32岁的马特拉齐很可能不会再入选意大利国家队了,而齐达内也已退役,并且,处罚也没有剥夺齐达内的金球奖这一世界杯殊荣。

 

File picture shows Italy's Marco Materazzi as he falls on the pitch after being head-butted by France's Zinedine Zidane (R) during their World Cup 2006 final soccer match in Berlin July 9, 2006. [Reuters]

France legend Zinedine Zidane on Thursday was handed a fine and a nominal three-match ban for his World Cup final head-butt on Italy defender Marco Materazzi, who himself has been suspended for two games and fined for provoking the incident.

Zidane's ban is made academic since he subsequently quit soccer, but the 34-year-old instead will spend three days working with world governing body FIFA.

He was fined 7,500 Swiss francs ($6,000) while Materazzi must pay 5,000 Swiss francs ($4,000) for the incident, which happened during extra time of the final, with the game poised at 1-1.

Italy, which had been under pressure before Zidane was sent off, went on to win 5-3 on penalties.

The ruling means Materazzi will miss Italy's trip to Paris for its Euro 2008 qualifier against the French on September 6, as well as its match against Lithuania in Naples four days earlier.

FIFA confirmed the Italian defender's comments to Zidane had not been of a racist nature.

World soccer's organizing body also confirmed Zidane would keep his Golden Ball award as the tournament's best player. 

Zidane's sending off hit the French at a time when they appeared to be getting on top and also deprived them of their best penalty taker.

Both players have a history of disciplinary troubles, and the sending off was the 14th of Zidane's career and his second in a World Cup - he picked up a two-match ban for stamping on a Saudi Arabian opponent in the 1998 tournament won by France.

Materazzi widely is remembered in England for the three red cards he picked up in just 32 appearances for Everton.

相关新闻:Zidane apologized but felt no regret


(Agencies)

Vocabulary:
 


head-butt: 头击,请参看新闻热词:齐达内的“头击”

fine: 罚金

extra time: 加时赛

penalty:点球

Golden Ball award:金球奖


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