The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has today (Thursday, 13 July 2006) opened disciplinary proceedings against Italian player Marco Materazzi. The proceedings were initiated in the light of initial statements from French player Zinedine Zidane who, having head-butted Materazzi during the final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Berlin on 9 July, has since indicated in an interview that his actions came in response to repeated provocation from the Italian player.

As stated in a media release published on 11 July, FIFA will investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident in detail. As part of the process, Zinedine Zidane will be given the right to be heard by means of a written statement, which must be submitted by 18 July. Materazzi will subsequently be sent a copy of the statement so that he can respond to it. Both players have been summoned to attend a face-to-face hearing before the Disciplinary Committee at FIFA headquarters in Zurich on Thursday, 20 July.

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee is expected to reach a decision later that day, which will be announced in a media release.

Note to the media
The questioning of the two players and the face-to-face hearing before the FIFA Disciplinary Committee will take place behind closed doors without the presence of any members of the public or media. After the two parties have been notified of its content, the Disciplinary Committee's decision will be announced exclusively by means of a media release.

Further information from:
FIFA Media Department – tel.: +41-43/222 7272, fax: +41-43/222 7373, e-mail: media@fifa.org
FIFA COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION / Zurich, 13 July 2006 / 2006-111-FWC06-Materazzi-E.doc