Argentine president pockets Zidane's red card

3rd August 2006, Comments 0 comments

BUENOS AIRES, Aug 2, 2006 (AFP) - The red card that spelled the premature end to Zinedine Zidane's glittering career was presented to Argentine president Nestor Kirchner here on Wednesday.

BUENOS AIRES, Aug 2, 2006 (AFP) - The red card that spelled the premature end to Zinedine Zidane's glittering career was presented to Argentine president Nestor Kirchner here on Wednesday.

Horatio Elizondo, the Argentine referee who plucked the red card out of his pocket after Zidane's infamous headbutt on Italy's Marco Materazzi, handed over the item of World Cup memorabilia after a one hour meeting with Kirchner at his presidential office.

"We spoke about the World Cup and he congratulated me," said Elizondo, who became the first referee to officiate at both the opening and closing matches at a World Cup.

Kirchner was evidently thrilled with the gift, playfully brandishing the tool of Zidane's downfall which had been autographed by Elizondo in the direction of cameramen as if he was booking them.

Zidane saw red after taunts from Materazzi near the end of extra time in the July 9 final in Berlin with the final deadlocked at 1-1.

Without Zidane's spot kick prowess Italy went on to lift the trophy 5-3 on penalties.

The incident didn't deter Zidane from leaving Germany with the best player at the World Cup award.

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Subject: French news

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