Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane has received a ban from the Spanish Football Federation which prevents him from coaching the Primera Division club's Castilla B team for the next three months.
BBC Sport reports that the 42-year-old's suspension comes as a result of taking on the role without the right qualifications, after being appointed as reserve-team coach during the summer.
Zidane's assistant Santiago Sanchez was officially named 'head coach' but it was the three time World Footballer of the Year that was responsible for picking the team. Sanchez has also received a three-month ban.
Real Madrid issued a statement to declare their "absolute disagreement" with the decision, and revealed plans to lodge an appeal, with intentions to "pursue every available legal avenue" so that the verdict is overturned.
Zidane spent the 2013/14 campaign working as assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at the Santiago Bernabeu which culminated in Real Madrid winning the Champions League, before dropping down to the reserves this season.
- Zinedine Zidane reported for lack of coaching badges
- Zinedine Zidane wanted France job, says French chief
- Eden Hazard hoping to emulate Zinedine Zidane
Senior officials claim that the former France midfielder had been authorised by the French Football Federation to work as a head coach at the level that Real Madrid's second string currently belong, but that did not dissuade the Spanish authorities from handing out the suspension because of Zidane's lack of a Level 3 qualification.
Competition Committee judge Francisco Rubio is the man responsible for the decision following a complaint lodged by Miguel Galan, the president of Spain's national training center for football coaches.
Back to the books
Zidane currently holds a UEFA A Licence - equivalent to a Level 2 qualification - but Galan argued that wasn't good enough, and Rubio agreed. He refrained from hitting the Frenchman with a six-month ban, but ordered Zidane to obtain Level 3 by April 2015.
Real Madrid now have ten working days to appeal against the decision with the Competition Committee's appeals tribunal, but could also take the case to Spain's Administrative Court for Sport, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport a last resort for the club.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms