London: Real Madrid intend to fight the Spanish Football Federation’s decision of suspending World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane from coaching Real Madrid Castilla, the European champions’ reserve side, for three months.
The Spanish Football Federation suspended Zidane from coaching for three months for taking charge of Real Madrid Castilla without the right qualifications and the former French midfielder’s assistant Santiago Sanchez also received a three-month ban.
However, Real issued a statement declaring their absolute disagreement with the decision, which they intend to fight, The BBC reported.
The club said that Zidane has been authorised by the French Football Federation to work as a head coach in the category Real Madrid Castilla currently find themselves in.
Real’s statement concluded that the club would pursue every available legal avenue so that this decision is overturned.
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 pounds, then a world-record fee.
He scored the winner as Real beat Bayer Leverkusen to win the Champions League in 2002, and was named World Footballer of the Year for a third time in 2003, having received the award in 1998 and 2000, the report added.
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