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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