2. WORLD CUP: FIFA punishes head-butt victim
FIFA has suspended Italian defender Marco Materazzi for two games and fined him
$4,000 for provoking French captain Zinedine Zidane to head-butt him during the
World Cup final.
Both players agreed that Materazzi's insults were defamatory but not of a racist
nature, according to FIFA's statement, which did not expand on whether the world
governing body will launch a crackdown on players who say mean things to each
FIFA fined Zidane $6,000 and suspended him for three games he would not play
anyway because he has retired.
Zidane, whose 11 other career red cards included one for stomping on a Saudi
during the 1998 World Cup and another for head-butting a German in 2000
Champions League play, has agreed to perform community service work with
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