Tuesday October 28th, 2014

Real Madrid Castilla coach Zinedine Zidane has been suspended three months for not having the proper qualifications, BBC Sport reports.

The Spanish Football Federation suspended him for not having a Level 3 coaching license. According to ESPNFC, Rayo Vallecano coach Paco Jemez said earlier this month it was "embarrassing" that Zidane was not properly licensed.

Madrid, however, said in a statement that it will challenge the statement.

"In response to the sanction handed down by the Competition Committee to Real Madrid Castilla's head coach and second coach, Santiago Sanchez and Zinedine Zidane respectively, Real Madrid would like to outline the following:

1. The club's absolute disagreement with the decision, not least of all because Zinedine Zidane has been authorised by the French Football Federation to work as a head coach in the category Real Madrid Castilla currently find themselves in, as the certificate issued by said Federation from 13 October 2014 states.

2. Real Madrid will pursue every available legal avenue so that this decision is overturned."

Zidane's assistant, Santiago Sanchez, was also suspended for three months, according to BBC Sport.

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Zidane, 42, is in his first season as coach with the team after serving as an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti on the A team last season.

Zidane was a three-time World Player of the Year, spending the last five seasons of his career with Real Madrid. 

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