REAL MADRID | DAVID BETTONI
Zidane's assistant coach does not hold Uefa Pro licence
David Bettoni, a close friend of the Real manager's since their playing days at Cannes, cannot give instructions during matches.
David Bettoni, Zinedine Zidane's assistant at Real Madrid, is not qualified to hold the position according to a report published by Spanish daily El Mundo. Bettoni, who has been Zidane's closest confidant since their days together at Cannes, does not possess the Uefa Pro licence required to act as assistant manager at Real Madrid and therefore cannot give instructions during matches. Only coaches with the Pro licence are permitted to speak to players during matches. Bettoni only has the Uefa A licence, which permits its holder to coach only regional sides.
AS spoke to the Spanish Football Federation's Technical Committee, who confirmed that Bettoni had applied for the Pro licence but "does not yet have the necessary qualifications."
In the FEF's match file, Bettoni's name does not appear as Real's assistant coach. As things stand, Bettoni can sit on the Real bench during games but he cannot give any instructions to the players.
In October 2014, Zidane was banned for three months by the LFP Competition Committee for not possessing the Uefa Pro licence when he was in charge of Castilla. At the time, Zidane held the Uefa A licence only. However, he completed the necessary requirements and was awarded his Pro licence in May 2015.