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Qatar buys controversial Zidane head-butt statue

Because why not?

The controversial sculpture by French artist Adel Abdessemed has found a new home.
The controversial sculpture by French artist Adel Abdessemed has found a new home.
Image: Remy de la Mauviniere/AP/Press Association Images

AFTER ALL THE controversy surrounding the Qatar 2022 World Cup in recent weeks, the country’s museums authority have purchased the five-metre-high sculpture of Zinedine Zidane head-butting Marco Materazzi that had been residing outside the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris.

According to Doha News, the sculpture – called ‘Coup de Tête’ or ‘Head-Butt’ - by artist Adel Abdessemed was purchased for an undisclosed sum and will take up permanent residence on the Corniche in Doha.

Jean Paul Engelen, the QMA’s director of public art, told the website:

“Yes, we expect a lot of people to want to take photos with it, and of it.

“It’s an impressive piece. 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.”

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