Zidane banned for three games - he must be devastated!

The brains of football at FIFA have handed out a three-match ban to the now retired Zinedine Zidane for his headbutt on Marco Materazzi in the World Cup final. Zizou also picked up a £3,260 fine which he will have to pay out of his estimated £8.8million annual income.

Marco Materazzi has been banned for two matches for provocation (a dangerous precedent?) and fined £2,170. FIFA have confirmed that Materazzi's comments were not racist in content but were defamatory. [Via BBC]

Rob Parker