FIFA assails World Cup players for faking injuries

January 8, 2007
ZURICH, Switzerland -- FIFA criticized players at the World Cup for the "deplorable habit" of faking injuries, disruptions that the governing body said marred last summer's tournament. In its official report on the 2006 World Cup, FIFA also praised German organizers for a staging a trouble-free event, which Italy won by beating France on a penalty-kick shootout in the final. However, Zinedine Zidane's ejection for head-butting Italy defender Marco Materazzi was just a footnote, even ...

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