Zidane ban overturned

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Zinedine Zidane can resume his coaching duties with Real Madrid Castilla after his ban was overturned on Friday.

The Spanish Football Federation's (RFEF) competition committee suspended Zidane last month after deciding the legendary Real and France playmaker did not hold the requisite qualifications for the role.

Zidane took charge of the club's B team in the close-season after serving as first-team boss Carlo Ancelotti's assistant last term, but Spain's national association of coaches reportedly filed a complaint to the RFEF on the basis that he only carries a UEFA A licence.

In the Spanish system, that represents the equivalent of a Level 2 qualification - one below the requisite grade required to manage in the Segunda B division. 

Apparently in anticipation of a potential problem, Real officially named Zidane's right-hand man Santiago Sanchez - holder of a Level 3 license - as the Castilla head coach in the close-season, but it is commonly known that the Frenchman is in charge.

Real immediately came out in vehement support of the 42-year-old, insisting they would "pursue every available legal avenue" to get the RFEF's decision reversed on the basis that he has the equivalent neecessary qualification in his homeland.

The case then reached Spain's Administrative Court for Sport (ACS), with the body agreeing to suspend Zidane's punishment while the appeal process took place.

And an official statement released by Real on Friday revealed that the ACS has opted to overturn the RFEF's sanction.

"Real Madrid CF communicates that the ACS has considered the appeal presented by the club, which would allow the Real Madrid Castilla manager and assistant coach, Santiago Sanchez and Zinedine Zidane respectively, to carry out their professional activities."

Zidane is now free to coach Castilla in their trip to Tudelano on Sunday.