Zinedine Zidane facing three-month coaching ban

Zinedine Zidane facing three-month coaching ban


Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane faces a three-month ban from coaching the Real Madrid Castilla side after the club received a notice from the Spanish Football Federation over his lack of qualifications.

The 42-year-old, who was right hand man to Carlo Ancelotti in the first team set up last season as Los Blancos won the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, took over as boss of the club’s reserve team in the summer.

He currently holds the UEFA A Level Two coaching qualification, but needs the Level Three certificate to be able to manage in Spain’s third tier. According to Marca and AS, Zidane needs to complete more hours of coaching recognised by the France Football Association, with who he did the coaching badges, to obtain Level Three.

A spokesman for the club revealed Los Blancos had received notification from the Spanish FA over the matter and had to launch an appeal in the next 10 days. The spokesman said: “We’ve received a notification (from the Spanish Federation) detailing a possible suspension. We have 10 days to present our defence, which is what Real will do.”

Since taking over as manager of Castilla, Zidane hasn’t set the world alight like he did in his playing days, losing five of his first seven games.