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Zidane back in court

French legend Zinedine Zidane leaves the Paris court house following a hearing on Thursday.Photo: AFP

Zinedine Zidane was back in court Thursday, aiming to land a legal headbutt on a French humorist who described him as an advertising whore.

The legendary former footballer failed in a first defamation case against Christophe Aleveque but is seeking to have that ruling overturned on appeal.

In a January 2011 edition of the magazine SportMag, Aleveque was quoted as saying of Zidane: "This guy is a advertising board with three brain cells who cashes in on his image to an excessive degree.

"It is a form of prostitution. This guy is a whore."

For good measure Aleveque added that the hero of France's 1998 World Cup win and the anti-hero of the 2006 final defeat by Italy was "as thick as a dick."

Zidane, 40, told the appeal hearing the comments were "gratuitous and hurtful" to himself, his wife, children and parents.

"It is just not possible," he told the court in a barely audible voice.

Zidane is seeking a symbolic euro in damages, having dropped his initial demand for 75,000 euros ($100,000) damages to be paid to a charity of his choice.

A judgement on the appeal will be delivered on

March 7.

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