Fifa is hoping to stage a reconciliation between Zinedine Zidane and Marco Materazzi, with South Africa’s Robben Island mooted as a possible meeting place.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter, said that the pair may meet at the infamous prison where former South African president Nelson Mandela was held.
“We are working on bringing together Materazzi and Zidane,” Blatter told reporters.
“There are different possibilities and one of them is Robben Island in South Africa where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years.”
Zidane headbutted Italian defender Materazzi during extra-time of the 2006 World Cup final, and the incident almost overshadowed the final itself.
Zidane refused to reveal exactly what the Italian had said that had provoked his attack, although Materazzi has since admitted that he insulted the Frenchman’s sister. Italy won the game 5-3 on penalties after Zidane ‘s dismissal.
FIFA fined Zidane 7,500 Swiss francs and Materazzi 5,000 Swiss francs.
Blatter backed a meeting of the two players.
“This would bring to an end this story between Materazzi and Zidane,” Blatter said.
“It is a pity that the World Cup ended with a red card and also by taking kicks from the penalty spot, but we have no other solution.”