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Zidane and Friends postponed to July 12

BOB MACKIN, 24 HOURS
Zinedane Zidane's Zidane and Friends event at B.C. Place Stadium on Saturday has been rescheduled for July 12 thanks to an injury. (FILE PHOTO)

Zinedane Zidane's Zidane and Friends event at B.C. Place Stadium on Saturday has been rescheduled for July 12 thanks to an injury. (FILE PHOTO)

Three years ago Zinedine Zidane's head got him in trouble.

The retired French soccer superstar is in Vancouver and this time it's his back.

Saturday night's B.C. Place Stadium exhibition match billed as Zidane and Friends will be rescheduled for July 12, promoter Ahcene Adlani told 24 hours. Zidane injured his back while picking 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."

Zidane led France to its 1998 World Cup triumph in Paris. In the 2006 final, he was ejected after head-butting Italy's Marco Materazzi for an apparent insult. Italy took the championship on penalty kicks.

Adlani said around 8,000 tickets were sold for the match in the 59,000-seat dome. He said the July 12 match will happen at either B.C. Place or Burnaby's Swangard Stadium, home of the Vancouver Whitecaps. Information about refunds for those who cannot attend the new date will be forthcoming, he said.

Adlani said Zidane is still scheduled to attend a soccer clinic at Britannia School in Vancouver on Friday morning. A banquet planned for the Italian Cultural Centre was canceled.

Adlani, who runs a Vancouver soccer academy, is self-promoting Zidane's Canadian tour, which had stops in Toronto and Montreal.