Zidane gig delayed

BOB MACKIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

Three years and three days after the headbutt heard 'round the world, retired French soccer superstar Zinedine Zidane will attempt to play at Swangard Stadium.

Saturday's B.C. Place Stadium Zidane and Friends exhibition was postponed to July 12 and moved to the Burnaby home of the Vancouver Whitecaps because of the star's apparent freak injury. Rookie promoter Ahcene Adlani said Zidane injured his back while trying to pick-up his three-year-old daughter during Canada Day fireworks.

"We rushed him to the physiotherapist after midnight," Adlani said. "This kind of injury takes at least four or five days."

Adlani said around 8,000 tickets were sold. Refunds and exchanges are available from Ticketmaster.

Despite the injury, Adlani said Zidane is supposed to appear at a Friday soccer clinic at Britannia secondary. An Italian Cultural Centre banquet was cancelled.

Zidane led France to its 1998 World Cup triumph in Paris. He was ejected from the 2006 final when he head-butted Italy's Marco Materazzi in retaliation for an insult. Italy took the championship on penalty kicks.


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