When France were World Cup winners in 1998, Zinedine Zidane scored two goals and Brazil’s Ronaldo had a seizure and nearly missed the game.
That, we will never forget. What is often lost amid memory of the final is that Marcel Desailly was sent off. What is less known still, is what happened next to the French defender.
‘I was taken to a doping room because I was on the list to be tested,’ begins the former Chelsea star, who was shown a second yellow card after 68 minutes in Paris with his side leading 2-0.
‘I said, ‘No, I cannot be locked away!’. I could not be in a room with no TV, not knowing what is going on, thinking the whole country is going to knock on the door because it is my fault they lost the World Cup! I had the fear, big time. I was angry and I made a bit of a scene.