A controversial statue of Zinedine Zidane head-butting Marco Materazzi which was erected in Qatar just weeks ago has now been removed, according to the BBC.
Widely criticised by religious figures and members of the public who believed that it promoted violence, the 16ft tall piece of art at the Corniche in Doha has now been taken down.
Zidane infamously headbutted his Italian opponent in the final of the 2006 World Cup final, a match which France went on to lose 5-3 on penalties.
The French wizard had delicately chipped his country ahead from the penalty spot after just seven minutes before Materazzi equalised soon after.
But the midfielder’s wonderful career was to come to a sour end when the red mist descended and he responded to a supposed personal insult by headbutting Materazzi in the chest in front of millions of fans viewing around the world.
Arguably the player of the tournament, it was a moment which will unfortunately always be associated with one of the most talented footballers of all-time.
The incident was reportedly spotted by the Spanish fourth official Luis Medina Cantalejo who advised Argentinian referee Horacio Elizondo to dismiss the former Galactico.
The offending sculpture was created by French artist Adel Abdessemed, and was described as “timeless as Greek mythological works of art” by the Qatari Museam Authority’s director of public art Jean-Paul Engelen.
But following a negative public reaction it will now be moved to the Arab Museum of Modern Art.
Critics of the statue also said that they believed it to be “distasteful” – especially with Qatar set to host the 2022 World Cup finals.
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