Friday October 6, 2006
French lawyer to sue over Zizou red card
PARIS: A French lawyer is to contest Zinedine Zidane's World Cup final red card in the French civil courts, a court source said on Wednesday.
Mehana Mouhou, a lawyer in Rouen and Paris, wants the red card overturned on a technicality because he claims the fourth official watched video evidence of the French captain's infamous head-butt on Italy defender Marco Materazzi, before bringing it to the referee's attention.
France went on to lose the World Cup final on July 9 after a penalty shoot-out.
Mouhou will have his day in court and is set to try to convince a judge on Dec 7 to look at evidence he hopes would prove that Luis Medina Cantalejo did not see the incident live and instead consulted a video before speaking to the referee.
However, the specialist sports lawyer, Christian Chevalier, told AFP that Mouhou has little chance of success as the court has little jurisdiction over sporting-related matters.