France can still win the Cup! Maybe not..

Would you believe it if someone told you that there is still a chance of France winning the World Cup yet?

It’s a long shot – a very, very, verrrry long shot – but the possibility is there. How?

Well, FIFA have said that they will investigate the incident surrounding the whole Zidane-headbutt saga.

“Fifa will open a disciplinary investigation into Zidane’s conduct to enable it to clarify the circumstances surrounding the incident as exactly as possible,” read a statement from the governing body.
Sky Sports

Now, according to this official FIFA document [PDF file] which details amendments to article 55 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code:

Par. 1: Anyone who publicly disparages, discriminates against or denigrates someone in a defamatory manner on account of race, colour, language, religion or ethnic origin, or perpetrates any other discriminatory and/or contemptuous act, will be subject to match suspension for at least five matches at every level. Furthermore, a stadium ban and a fine of at least CHF 20,000 will be imposed on the perpetrator. If the perpetrator is an official, the fine will be at least CHF 30,000.

Par. 4: If any player, association or club official or spectator perpetrates any kind of discriminatory or contemptuous act as described by par. 1 and/or 2 of this article, three points will automatically be deducted from the team concerned, if identifiable, after the first offence. In the case of a second offence, six points will automatically be deducted, and for a further offence, the team will be relegated. In the case of matches without points, the team concerned, if identifiable, will be disqualified.

In other words, IF Materazzi was found to be guilty of insulting Zidane “in a defamatory manner on account of race, colour, language, religion or ethnic origin, or perpetrates any other discriminatory and/or contemptuous act”, not only would he be fined and suspended, but his team would be disqualified from the match concerned – which just happened to be a World Cup final.

But it is a BIG if.

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8 thoughts on “France can still win the Cup! Maybe not..”

  1. how on earth zidane going to proof that ? if that’s so, every FIFA match will be ending with a BANNED team cuz racism exist anyhow

  2. It would be pratically impossible to prove this. Even if it’s possible do you realize the amount of cases that would arise after that? Rumours has it that Materazzi said something about his mum, something about this Algerian heritage and my friend just called me and said it’s cause Materazzi pinched his nipples?! SIGH .. A headbutt for a nipple pinch?

  3. I don’t think FIFA really want to investigate seriously. If it was really investigating, the culpability of Materazzi would already being proved. There are many videos and even sounds tracks available, but no one will make an effort. Italia’s also famous for being able to arrange everything as they want with money. And it’s certainly already done regarding to this problem.

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