Real Madrid to Fight Federation Over Zinedine Zidane Punishment

Zinedine Zidane has been suspended for three months by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for working as the coach of Real Madrid Castilla (Real Madrid's B team) without the necessary qualifications.

updated: October 28, 2014 14:08 IST
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Madrid: 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 who according to 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'.

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