Wednesday 28 September 2016

Revealed - Marco Materazzi divulges what he said to Zinedine Zidane before infamous headbutt

Published 09/07/2016 | 11:25

Zidane was sent off in the 2006 World Cup final between France and Italy
Zidane was sent off in the 2006 World Cup final between France and Italy

It is 10 years to day since Zinedine Zidane lost his mind and head-butted Italian defender Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final in Berlin.

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Materazzi conceded the penalty that Zidane dispatched off the underside of the crossbar in the game but that incident was eclipsed later in the game when the French talisman buried his head into the Italian's chest following a verbal exchange.

Italy went on to win the competition in a penalty shootout.

 In 2008, Materazzi won libel damages from the Daily Mail, the Daily Star and The Sun who claimed that his comments to Zidane were of a racist nature.

Materazzi has finally opened up on what was said.

"I decided to publish a book about this event because everyone asked me what I had told him (Zidane) to react like that. My words were stupid but did not deserve that reaction. In any neighborhood of Rome, Naples, Turin, Milan Paris, I hear much more serious things," he told L'Equipe.

"I talked about his sister not his mother, like I have read in some newspapers. My mother died while I was a teenager, I would never insult his."

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