Qatar erects 5-meter-high 'Head Butt' statue of Zidane

Depicts player fighting with Materazzi

03 October, 13:28

    Qatar erects 5-meter-high 'Head Butt' statue of Zidane Qatar erects 5-meter-high 'Head Butt' statue of Zidane

    (ANSAmed) - DOHA - A five-metre-high statue of French footballer Zinedina Zidane as he gives a head-butt to the Italian Marco Materazzi was put up on the Qatar seafront Thursday morning. The scene is taken from fighting between the two players during the 2006 World Cup that led to the red card for Zidane and - at the end of the match - Italy's win. The statue ''Coup de Tête'' (''Head Butt'') by the Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed was purchased by the Qatar Museums Authority to be put up on the Corniche on Doha's main bay. ''It's a huge sculpture, and it's done in the same style as Greek Mythological statues, but this glorifies human defects instead. It shows that although we sometimes treat footballers like gods, they’re not - they're just human beings,'' Jean Paul Engelen, QMA's director of Public Art, told Doha News.

    Immediately after the installation of the statue was announced, controversial comments and criticism appeared online.

    ''I am somewhat bewildered at the choice of subjects. Talk about applauding violence,'' reads one comment on the Doha News site. Some also say that this statue shows the worst side of football, in a country slated to host the 2022 World Cup but which does not yet have a consolidated sports culture.


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