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Qatar Removes Zidane Headbutt Statue

  • AFP, Wednesday, October 30, 2013 1:59 PM

Qatar has removed a sculpture of Zinedine Zidane headbutting Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final between France and Italy following an outcry by conservatives who view the work as anti-Islam idolization. Islamic jurisprudence prohibits statues of human beings and animals to avoid the possibility of idolization. The 16.4-foot sculpture from Algerian-born French artist Adel Abdessemed was only unveiled to the public on Oct. 3.

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