Spanish court lifts Zinedine Zidane's coaching ban, cleared to manage

BY foxsports • November 21, 2014

A Spanish court has lifted Zinedine Zidane's coaching ban, allowing the Real Madrid great to manage its reserve team.

Zidane was last month banned from coaching for three months -- along with the man he assists, Santiago Sanchez -- after he was found to have taken the role without the necessary coaching qualifications.

Real insisted he had been licensed by the French Football Federation to coach the Castilla side, who play in the Spanish third tier. The ban was suspended pending the hearing of their appeal and has now been overturned.

A club statement read: "Real Madrid CF communicates that the Administrative Court of Sport (TAD) has considered the appeal presented by the club, which allows the Real Madrid Castilla manager and assistant coach, Santiago Sanchez and Zinedine Zidane respectively, to carry out their professional activities."

Zidane served as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant last season, when Real Madrid won the UFA Champions League title over city rival Atletico Madrid in May.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.