FIFA could strip Zidane of award

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has hinted Zinedine Zidane could be stripped of the Golden Ball award because of his actions in Sunday’s World Cup final.

International football`s governing body have opened an inquiry into the incident which saw the France captain sent off for head-butting Italy defender Marco Materazzi in the chest.

Zidane is expected to speak publicly for the first time about his red card on French TV tonight, while Materazzi has confirmed that he insulted the former Real Madrid midfielder.

Zidane pipped Italy duo Fabio Cannavaro and Andrea Pirlo to the prize for the best player at the finals in Germany, which the Azzurri won on penalties.

But Blatter has insisted: "I have ordered our disciplinary committee to open an enquiry regarding that episode.

"We will await the result before taking action.

"The presumption of innocence until proven otherwise is and remains a sacred principle."