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Sep. 5th, 2006 @ 07:01 am Materazzi breaks Zidane silence
Marco Materazzi has finally explained what he said to Zinedine Zidane before he was headbutted by the Frenchman during Italy's World Cup final victory.
Zidane was sent off for the attack and later claimed he was provoked after Materazzi had insulted his mother.

But Materazzi told Gazzetta dello Sport that Zidane's sister was the subject.

He said: "I was tugging his shirt, he said to me 'if you want my shirt so much I'll give it to you afterwards,' I answered that I'd prefer his sister."


Materazzi added: "It's not a particularly nice thing to say, I recognise that. But loads of players say worse things.

"I didn't even know he had a sister before all this happened."

Materazzi was later handed a two-match ban from world governing body Fifa, while Zidane was banned for three games and fined £3,260.

Zidane, who has since retired from football, has never specified what Materazzi said to him and has refused to apologise to his opponent.

Asked on 12 July exactly Materazzi had said, Zidane would only offer that it was "very personal" and concerned his mother and his sister.

"You hear those things once and you try to walk away," added Zidane. "That's what I wanted to do because I am retiring. You hear it a second time and then a third time..."

Souce: bbc.co.uk
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From:japeningrish
Date:September 5th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
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From:amore
Date:September 5th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Haha, that does not justify a headbutt. Whatever.
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From:guybrush_lustri
Date:September 6th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
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Fantastic!

Materazzi is a hero. The only reason Zidane didn't say anything is because he was so embarrassed that he got so wound up over absolutely nothing.

Materazzi is my new hero.
From:ruhamah
Date:September 6th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
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I'm having a hard time believing that... surely he must've said something worse. But then again... maybe not. LOL.
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From:guybrush_lustri
Date:September 6th, 2006 12:33 am (UTC)
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No, it's believable. Zidane has always had a very short fuse. It strikes me as the sort of thing Materazzi would have said. Besides, he wouldn't go public if Zidane could just stand up and say "Errrr... that's not what you said."
From:ruhamah
Date:September 6th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I see what you mean. The more I think about it, the more I can believe it. *rolls eyes*
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From:guybrush_lustri
Date:September 6th, 2006 01:23 pm (UTC)
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Ah well. When you're that fantastic a player, and when you've won everything there is to win, I guess you're allowed a few flaws.
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From:galerandyaddict
Date:September 6th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
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umm yes exactly. *WHEN* and materazzi isn't nearly somebody who won everything so he could look out for his flaws. viera said himself that materazzi "enjoys widing up people" during games. this taunting little shit is your new hero? congratulations, tells a lot about you.

and btw. why bring this up now? right before the euro2008 qualifier. little marco boy just wanted to get into the TV and news now that he can't play football. and tipically just another very italian-like pull to bring down the opponent team. so heroes amongst them? wouldn't think so...
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From:guybrush_lustri
Date:September 7th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
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He's not my hero because he was taunting. This was the sister equivalent of a 'yo mamma' joke. I just liked it because it was so incredibly innocuous, yet everybody thought it was something so incredibly evil. If you react like that to what is essentially a 'yo mamma' joke, you need to calm down a little. It was hardly even enough to be considered a taunt.

This came up in the news, we just discuss it. Now that we actually know what was said.
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From:galerandyaddict
Date:September 7th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
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now that we *know*? don't ridicule yourself, we'll never know, i'm not saying that i believe everything what zidane says but i certainly don't believe materazzi. and in my opinion if you look at the video it is so painfully obvious that materazzi was talking for ages compared to what he claims he said.
and i'm curious how you would react on your last football match which is a WC final... calm? don't think so.

btw my new hero is gregory coupet...
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From:bluestar07
Date:September 7th, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
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Gah! When the headlines said "MAterazzi reveals what he really said..." I was excited ... turns out to be something MAterazzi already said he siad right from the beginning. GAH!
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From:galerandyaddict
Date:September 10th, 2006 10:20 am (UTC)
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its obivous he just wnted o get into the telly and news again...
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From:morningclouds
Date:September 17th, 2006 05:57 am (UTC)
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He's only saying this now because Zidane hasn't spoken about the wole dialogue and what really happened because he's like that. I think he's being decent because he knows a lot of people respect him more and would believe it but he's cutting Materazzi some slack.

You don't talk about somebody's sister (if that's what he really said) thinking he doesn't have one. Only Zidane can break Zidane's silence.
From:j_aimais
Date:May 25th, 2007 06:36 am (UTC)
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no offence, I find that very difficult to believe. From the footage it appeared alot more was said from just those few words. To gain such a reaction my guess is the taunts were alot more sinister. You'll notice on the footage Zidane walked away more than once before the headbutt, my guess refraining each time as Materazzi's comments became more and more acerbic. He was tactfully trying to agitate him to get him sent off, it didn't look like he was wavering a casual insult where he didn't know anybetter.
Furthermore, I wouldn't trust anyone on the Italian team given their past conduct( e.g.match fixing scandals) and also from their actions in the match vs Australia in the 2006 world cup...I'm sorry, but they aren't a very honest team...I'd be more inclined to believe Zidane if he chose to break his silence. I wouldn't pay any attention to what Materazzi had to say until some of the italian players can show me they're worthy of my trust.
From:j_aimais
Date:May 25th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
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oh, and an after thought...don't you think the disciplinary comittee for Fifa would have silenced them?
You'd expect the particulars of a dispute such as this to be kept confidential....I don't know, maybe I'm just coming up with another reason not to believe Materazzi.
And people who are going round saying headbutting is worse than verbal abuse...I'm sorry, but I beg to differ, taunts can be just as hurtful as a blow on the field and should be dealt with accordingly, just because they happen more frequently and aren't as easily detected does NOT make them acceptable.
I find it difficult how people can condemn Zidane and defend Materazzi when he's the one who initiated the conflict and went out looking for trouble. Quite personally I think he got what he deserved.