FRENCH football icon Zinedine Zidane finally came out and said on Wednesday on French television that he headbutted Italian player Marco Materazzi at the World Cup final in Germany on Sunday because of insults the player had made against Zidane’s mother and sister. He confirmed what an army of lip readers, employed first by Brazil’s Globo television to decipher the video clip of the incident, had already told us.
Materazzi has denied insulting Zidane’s mother, saying that since he lost his mother at the age of 15, he would never insult the mother of another person. That sounds like PR-spin to me, as 48 hours earlier I read the same thing when a close friend of the Italian player was interviewed and asked about the incident. Interestingly, the Italian has not yet denied insulting Zidane’s sister.
“I can’t say I have any regrets about what I did because that would be like admitting that he had every reason to say what he said,” said Zidane.
The French player did say that he regretted that millions of children around the world had to watch such violence.
I think Zidane just snapped under the enormous pressure of having to win the Cup for France, and Materrazzi probably deserved what he got.
Zidane has been punished enough by having gotten that red card and being sent out of the game. Now, FIFA is thinking of withdrawing the Player of the Tournament award that Zidane won on Monday. If FIFA does withdraw the award it will just seem cruel and petty.