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FOOTBALL: Zidane gets three-month coaching ban

Published:Tuesday | October 28, 2014 | 12:29 PM

World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane has been suspended from coaching for three months for taking charge of a team without the right qualifications.



The Spanish Football Federation has banned the former France midfielder for leading Real Madrid Castilla, the European champions' reserve side.



Zidane's assistant Santiago Sanchez has also received a three-month ban.



Real issued a statement declaring their "absolute disagreement" with the decision, which they intend to fight.



Zidane was appointed reserve-team coach in the summer after working as assistant to Carlo Ancelotti last season, which ended with Real winning the Champions League.



The former France midfielder spent five seasons with Real as a player after joining from Juventus in 2001 for ₤45.8 million, then a world-record fee.



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