Zinedine Zidane headbutt statue to be re-installed in Qatar before World Cup

Qatar are planning to reinstall a controversial statue that immortalises Zinedine Zidane's infamous World Cup final headbutt after it was removed following a backlash in 2013.

Zidane called time on his playing career following France's defeat on penalties to Italy in the 2006 showpiece having been dismissed for a brutal attack on Italy defender Marco Materazzi which left him in a heap.

A sculpture immortalising that headbutt had been removed after a matter of days back in 2013 following a domestic backlash, but the head of Qatar Museums has promised a U-turn ahead of the 2022 finals which begin in November.

Qatar Museums chairperson, Sheikha al-Mayassa al-Thani, who is the sister of Qatar's ruling Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, said via Reuters: "Evolution happens in societies.

"It takes time and people may criticise something to begin with, but then understand it and get used to it."

She added that the original site, which was on the capital's seafront, was not the right location, and that it will be remounted at a new sports museum in Doha.

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People in the conservative Muslim country are said to have criticised the model for 'promoting idolatry' and others said it in fact encouraged violence.

Entitled 'Coup de tete', the five-metre bronze work stood tall over the Qatar shoreline before being toppled and taken away on the back of a lorry.

Zidane, now 49, lashed out at his counterpart after the mocking of his sister during the second-half of extra time, having scored the opening goal from the spot.

Al-Mayassa added: "Zidane is a great friend of Qatar. And he's a great role model for the Arab world.

"Art, like anything else, is a matter of taste. Our goal is to empower people."

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is set to run from November 21 until December 18 later this year.

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