Inter star faces lengthy ban after doing a Zidane
MILAN - Inter Milan's crisis intensified with a 2-1 defeat at Chievo where Samuel Eto'o committed a Zinedine Zidane-like headbutt that could result in a lengthy suspension.
In a moment of madness similar to France midfielder Zinedine Zidane's assault on Italian Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final, Eto'o headbutted Cesar in the chest after having been hit by the defender. Eto'o was not cautioned by the referee, who missed the incident, but Serie A is sure to look at video evidence and will almost certainly hand the Cameroonian a lengthy ban.
"What Eto'o did is not something good but he took a punch first and it was provocation. He lost a bit of control, that's clear, said under-fire Inter coach Rafa Benitez.
Eto'o scored Inter's consolation goal late on after Sergio Pellissier and Davide Moscardelli put Chievo two up. The loss left the champions nine points off top spot.