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Materazzi could appeal, warns lawyer

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Marco Materazzi will have "strong grounds" for appeal if FIFA punish him for provoking Zinedine Zidane´s infamous World Cup final headbutt based on the France captain´s testimony alone.

That is the view of leading sports lawyer Mel Goldberg, who believes the sport´s world governing body will have difficulty proving a case of serious provocation against the Italy defender unless other players come forward or the video evidence is conclusively lip-read.

Goldberg told PA Sport: "It is one man´s word against another. No-one will know who is telling the truth. Something was said which made Zidane lose his cool, and I would guess that Zidane is likely to have been more accurate (over what was said) than Materazzi."

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