…now they are making football non verbal.
The bans and fines handed out by FIFA yesterday to Zinedene Zidane & Marco Materazzi were a disgrace and so typical of that organisation.
They made it so obvious that they were treating each players actions on an equal basis, so now common assault is just as bad as giving someone a bit of verbal in the eyes of football’s authorities.
So Zidane gets a 3 game ban and a 7,500 Swiss francs fine for a butt that was far worse than the one that saw Duncan Ferguson spend 44 days in Barlinnie jail in 1995 and Materazzi is banned for one game less, or actually two games more as he is still playing unlike Zizou, and just a 2,500 francs less of a fine for saying a few things that weren’t, as both parties stressed, racist and could have been about Zizou being a slaphead – no one is telling.
It goes on in every sport I can think off and on every football ground, Aussie wicket keepers, slip fielders, baseball catchers and rugby front row forwards must be pissing themselves with laughter at the thought.
I do wonder if the situation had been reversed would Zidane had to even answer to any charges from FIFA and would Materazzi just get 3 games ?
It looks like a case of trying to deflect away from the actions of the talented superstar playing his last game of a glorious career in the big showpiece World Cup final and make it the fault of the nasty hacker defender with previous, forgetting that this isn’t the first time for Zidane whose other 13 red cards included a head butt.
I have to agree with Inter Milan president Giacinto Facchetti that this sets a worrying precedent.