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Zidane withdrawal forces Sydney exhibition match to be cancelled

Zidane was due to lead a team featuring a number of his teammates from the French side that won the 1998 World Cup, including Marcel Desailly and Robert Pires, against a selection of retired Australian players.

The 35-year-old pulled out of the visit citing personal reasons, a spokeswoman for the event said.

"It would be like going to see LA Galaxy without Beckham," she said, adding that she expected most people would request a refund if the superstar was not involved.

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