Published: May 3, 2020 12:31:52 pm
Zinedine Zidane’s infamous headbutt on Italy’s Marco Materazzi stays certainly one of FIFA World Cup’s most intriguing tales.
In his final look as an International footballer, the French legend rammed his head into the Italy defender’s chest throughout further time of the 2006 World Cup last after Materazzi mentioned one thing to him. The France captain was red-carded and Italy went on to win the title on penalty kicks.
The incident sparked weeks of hypothesis about what Materazzi might need told Zidane to impress such a response, and the Italian ultimately acknowledged that he had insulted Zidane’s sister.
Speaking to Italian media outlet PassioneInter, Materazzi mentioned, “It felt like a big bang, I didn’t want to take yet another scolding from Gattuso and so I held his shirt. He responded and that’s what happened, luckily, I didn’t expect it otherwise I would have had an early shower too. He asked me if I wanted his shirt, I told him I wanted his sister.”
Remembering the profitable Italian aspect of 2006, Materazzi had mentioned, “I was making a beautiful mess, but everyone did a bit. It’s easier to say who kept quiet. After the games it was always a party, we were a great squad. Pirlo? How many jokes with Gattuso. He always seems quiet but he’s very clever, very clever.”
Talking about poisonous fan tradition, Materazzi mentioned, “In all of the stadiums they sang in opposition to me ‘son of a bitch’, judges don’t perceive something. Everybody’s being all morale about this racism factor. You need to punish all people, it’s a must to shut the Curva even for regular insults. Chants are all the time doing it to harass the opposite aspect, I used to get indignant. Why can they wind up me or Balotelli? If you sing in opposition to Neapolitans they shut the Curva, if you sing in opposition to the Genoans they shut the Curva.
“Even if it means the end of football because there will be no more fans. You have to ignore them, otherwise there are cameras and they don’t enter the stadiums anymore. It has to be like that in all the stadiums, otherwise the judges are clowns and cowards.”
Zidane had also expressed regret over the incident after the World Cup. “I am not proud of what happened in 2006. I am not advising anyone (player) to behave in the same manner,” he had mentioned.
The last was the French soccer legend’s final ever look as a participant.
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