Qatar To Put Zinedine Zidane Headbutt Statue Back On Show For 2022 FIFA World Cup

Qatar To Put Zinedine Zidane Headbutt Statue Back On Show For 2022 FIFA World Cup

Zinedine Zidane’s head butt on Italian defender Marco Matrazzi on display in the 2006 World Cup final.AFP

Qatar plans to erect a controversial statue Zainuddin ZidanThe head butt of the infamous 2006 World Cup final for this year’s tournament is on display, officials said Monday. Five meter (16 feet) high bronze showing French legend competing with Italian defender Marco Metrazi He was held on Doha’s maritime front for less than four weeks in 2013 when he was removed for violating Islamic law on idolatry. The head of Qatar, Sheikha al-Mayasa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, said the statue would now be at the center of an exhibition at the new International Sports Museum in Doha on the effects of high-level sports on “mental health and stress management”. Museum

Al-Thani told a news conference that “there was nothing wrong with the public art, it was just that he felt it was not the right place and it was being reinstalled.”

“We are actually planning to reinstall him in the 3-2-1 Museum. Zidane is a very good friend of Qatar and he is a great role model for the Arab world.

“One of the things we’re trying to teach and empower through art is the realities of life. We will talk a lot about the importance of dealing with mental health. “

Museum officials say they hope the statue will be on display again until the start of the 2022 World Cup on November 21.

Algerian-born French painter Adeel Abdesim’s statue angered conservatives in the Muslim emirate after it was erected in 2013. In a social media campaign, many denounced it as a blatant violation of religious beliefs.

Al-Thani said that art is often opposed. “At first they criticize it but then they accept it.”


Qatar, which has spent millions of dollars on new museums and art over the past two decades, is planning a massive campaign for the World Cup when 1.4 million people are expected to attend.

Al-Thani said the historic museum of Islamic art, which has undergone a major renovation, is set to reopen in October.

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