Pic: Zinedine Zidane’s infamous head-butt commemorated in 16-foot tall statue in Doha 6 years ago

Pic: Zinedine Zidane’s infamous head-butt commemorated in 16-foot tall statue in Doha

Of all the memorable World Cup moments Qatar could choose to commemorate ahead of their hosting of the tournament in 2022, they’ve picked arguably the most infamous.

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the selection of Qatar as hosts for the 2022 World Cup, mainly surrounding the potential scheduling chaos it could cause if it is has to be played in winter and the alleged treatment of those working to get the stadiums ready in time.

There has been plenty of focus on Qatar and its suitability to host the tournament of late and another talking point has been created by the erection of a huge statue commemorating the infamous sending off Zinedine Zidane in the 2006 final after he head-butted Marco Materazzi in the chest.

The sculpture – titled ”Coup de Tête” or simple “Head Butt” in English, - was created by Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed, is five metres (16 foot) high, is being erected on the Corniche area of Doha this morning and was bought by the Qatar Museums Authority having originally been situated outside the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

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Pics via dohanews.co

Although he won’t apologise to Materazzi for provoking him prior to the headbutt, Zidane has since admitted that he deeply regrets what he did, but as well as the statue, there have been any amount of cultural references to one of the most infamous moments in World Cup history to ensure that he won’t be able to forget about it anytime soon…

Hat-tip to Will Nestor for sending this one our way