Real Madrid have confirmed coach Zinedine Zidane’s brother Farid has died at the age of 54.
Zidane left the club’s training camp in Montreal on Friday due to personal reasons, with Madrid announcing he was to be absent for an unspecified period.
His son Luca, a goalkeeper at Madrid now playing on loan at Racing Santander, also left received permission to depart training from his new club after receiving the news.
The Madrid squad held a minute’s silence ahead of training on Saturday after being made aware of Farid’s death, which followed a lengthy battle with illness.
Real Madrid confirmed Farid’s passing on their website, with a statement announcing the minute of silence.
Zidane’s assistant David Bettoni will be in charge of the first team until the head coach’s return. Bettoni and Zidane are close friends, having first met when the pair were in the youth team together at French side Cannes.
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