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Real Madrid to fight Zidane suspension

Real Madrid to fight Zidane suspension
Former France playing legend Zinedine Zidane and his club European champions Real Madrid were embroiled in an embarrassing dispute on Monday with the Spanish Football Federation which, according to the influential Madrid-based sports paper Marca, handed him a three month coaching ban.

The 42-year-old, who inspired France to the 1998 World Cup trophy and was also a member of the Euro 2000 title winning side, has been coaching Real’s reserve side Castilla but the federation claims he does not possess the required coaching qualifications. Real have said they will appeal against the punishment by ‘all legal avenues open to them’.

The reserve team’s assistant coach Santiago Sanchez was also punished. Real issued a statement declaring their ‘total disagreement’ with the decision taken against one of their former iconic players, who scored a wonder goal for the ‘meringues’ when they beat Bayer Leverkusen to win the 2002 Champions League trophy.

They pointed out Zidane ‘has been authorised by the French Football Federation to work as a head coach in the category Real Madrid Castilla currently find themselves in’. Zidane, who was linked with the head coach post at another of his former clubs Bordeaux in the close season, was elevated to reserve team coach at the beginning of this season following a single campaign as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant which saw Real win a 10th European Cup in May.

Spanish coaching school, the Cenafe, have submitted a complaint to the Spanish Federation against Real, claiming they are using assistant Sanchez’s name on the teamsheet to bypass the regulations.
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