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Zidane tells the World what Materazzi said

  • Author: MR
  • Filed under: Football, News
  • Date: Jul 12,2006 | 04:19 PM

zidane.jpgZidane finally spoke on a French channel about the incident during the World Cup Finals. He didn’t talk much about the insults, except that it was about his mother and sister. He didn’t say anything about being called a ‘terrorist’. So at least we don’t have to worry about Islam being involved with it.

Excerpt from the articles:

Tonight, Zidane refused to specify. He did say, under pressure from the interviewer, that Materazzi had used swear words and had mentioned Zidane’s mother and sister.

“I tried not to listen to him but he repeated them several times,” Zidane said. “Sometimes words are harder than blows. When he said it for the third time, I reacted.”

Zidane argued that while he accepted that what he had done was wrong, Materazzi was to blame.

“The reaction must be punished but if there had been no provocation there would have been no reaction,” Zidane said. “Do you think that two minutes from the end of a World Cup final, two minutes from the end of my career, I wanted to do that?”

Zidane went on to apologize, several times, to “all children and everyone who saw the act.”

Sources:
Zidane Offers Explanation for Head-Butting | New York Times
Zidane apologizes, but his family was insulted | International Herald Tribune
Zidane says Materazzi insulted mother and sister | Reuters UK
Zidane apologizes for head butt | TSN.ca
Zidane apologises for headbutt | Guradian Unlimited UK

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE INTERVIEW (it’s in French)
Here is the transcript in English from BBC News.


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  • 19 Responses for "Zidane tells the World what Materazzi said"

    1. meraj July 12th, 2006 at 4:37 pm

      zidane is the man…

    2. Sakib July 12th, 2006 at 5:15 pm

      Salaam,

      Zidane did not tell the world what Materazzi said. He simply verified that swear words and his family members were mentioned. He did not say whether Islam or race were in the conversation.

      So I guess this will be one of the great mysteries of our generation:

      What did Marco “Matrix” Materazzi say to Zain-ul-din “Zizou” Zidane?

    3. Ali July 12th, 2006 at 5:32 pm

      Zidane will ALWAYS be the man! IF they take away his award, then people better start wearing metal plates on their chest.

    4. Mujahideen Ryder July 12th, 2006 at 5:46 pm

      Sakib on July 12, 2006 at 5:15 pm said:

      Salaam,

      Zidane did not tell the world what Materazzi said. He simply verified that swear words and his family members were mentioned. He did not say whether Islam or race were in the conversation.

      So I guess this will be one of the great mysteries of our generation:

      What did Marco “Matrix” Materazzi say to Zain-ul-din “Zizou” Zidane?

      It’s pretty clear wat Materazzi said. He insulted and cursed his mother and sister. So he basically told the world Materazzi insulted his family. He got pissed off. He’s sorry about it.

    5. MilkShaykh July 12th, 2006 at 5:53 pm

      MR, here is the transcript of the interview with Zidane: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2006/teams/france/5174758.stm

    6. quatbol July 12th, 2006 at 6:05 pm

      now i’ll get hime one of theser :-)
      http://www.headbuttshirts.com

    7. arshia July 12th, 2006 at 6:27 pm

      ah well, he’s still an awesome player.

    8. Reggae Powered DC2 July 12th, 2006 at 7:44 pm

      Zidane and I are alike. He got kicked out of a game after someone insulted his mother, and I got fired after the same thing happened.

    9. Sakib July 13th, 2006 at 12:39 am

      Mujahideen Ryder on July 12, 2006 at 5:46 pm said:

      It’s pretty clear wat Materazzi said. He insulted and cursed his mother and sister. So he basically told the world Materazzi insulted his family. He got pissed off. He’s sorry about it.

      Both the Brazilian and Engish lip-readers, as well as players on the field, claim that Materazzi used the word “terrorista”. Additionally, there have been several reports saying Materazzi called Zidane the “son of a terrorist whore”.

      Bottom line, Materazzi is not off the hook for racist comments. Zidane did not comment on it, but all other evidence, except Materazzi’s denial, points to the word “terrorista” being involved.

      Also, Materazzi has a history of racism. He once yelled at black players who walked off the field in protest of the crowd making monkey sounds at them.

    10. Luqman July 13th, 2006 at 3:09 am

      That’s not necessarily racism. He might have just wanted to get on with the game.

    11. Mujahideen Ryder July 13th, 2006 at 8:24 am

      Sakib on July 13, 2006 at 12:39 am said:

      Both the Brazilian and Engish lip-readers, as well as players on the field, claim that Materazzi used the word “terrorista”. Additionally, there have been several reports saying Materazzi called Zidane the “son of a terrorist whore”.

      Bottom line, Materazzi is not off the hook for racist comments. Zidane did not comment on it, but all other evidence, except Materazzi’s denial, points to the word “terrorista” being involved.

      Also, Materazzi has a history of racism. He once yelled at black players who walked off the field in protest of the crowd making monkey sounds at them.

      Zidane knows that if he tells everyone Materazzi said something racist, FIFA will go down heavy on Materazzi and Italy. Zidane did not hint at it at all. No clue. He apologized instead of telling us what Materazzi said. Thus proving that it was just a harsh insult towards his family.

      Also, let’s be real. Muslims in America get called “terrorists” a lot after 9/11. I was called terrorist, you don’t see me headbutting people.

      Also Zidane, is married to a non-Muslim woman, he said himself he is “non-practicing”. Someone calling him a terrorist, won’t exactly have the same effect on a bearded Arab/Desi brother wearing a thoub/jalabiyya/shalwar kameez.

    12. Nadia July 13th, 2006 at 10:21 am

      Mujahideenrider you wrote that: “Also Zidane, is married to a non-Muslim woman, he said himself he is “non-practicing”. Someone calling him a terrorist, won’t exactly have the same effect on a bearded Arab/Desi brother wearing a thoub/jalabiyya/shalwar kameez.”

      You can say to me what is the report between the fact to be practicing and non-practising. He offended Zinedine “son of a terrorist whore”, I think that practicing or not, it is a muslim all the same. To hear somebody offended his mother and her sister of whore, many cannot remained indifferent.

      I think it is not your business the fact that he is married to a non-Muslim, the marriage between a muslim man and a non-muslim woman is authorized by ISLAM. The Italian player repeated several times these offending comments, he pronounced them again (three times).

      For those who speak french or understand it : Zidane’s interview with Michel Denisot:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSA_I-nFXOU

      A video which shows that the Italian player continued to speak while Zidane started to run. Before to run, he said to Materazi by smiling that if he wanted his T-shirt he would exchange it at the end of the match :

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zy3YbEiYMc&mode=related&search=

      His reaction is linked to the fact that her sister and her mother were offended “of whore”, there was damage to the family’s honour of Zidane. I think it is that, which made Zidane reacted, of course also “the terrorist word”. He is Algerian muslim, and although you can say about it, italians don’t make difference between muslim practicing and non-practicing.
      A muslim is likened and seen as belonging to the muslim community even if he’s non-practising, for most of people. You don’t know what he feels and how he lives his faith. Why would he suffer less than an insult of terrorist under pretext that he is a non-practising?
      I’ll make prayers and douas so that he becomes a muslim practicing, maybe that there, will you authorize him to complain to be offend “of terrorist”?

      Salam alikoum

    13. Shab... July 13th, 2006 at 10:39 am

      i think cursing at mother & sister is bigger then being called terrorist. im glad he did whatever he did. at least he has dignity, shame and respect for women of his family (which is very rare to find nowadays). i would be so upset if my brother didnt react when his mother/sis are being insulted-

    14. mujahideenryder July 13th, 2006 at 10:45 am

      Shab… on July 13, 2006 at 10:39 am said:

      i think cursing at mother & sister is bigger then being called terrorist. im glad he did whatever he did. at least he has dignity, shame and respect for women of his family (which is very rare to find nowadays). i would be so upset if my brother didnt react when his mother/sis are being insulted-

      The best example is the Prophet Muhammad (saas).

      Zidane didn’t even knock Materazzi down that hard. Materazzi got right back up. Zidane should knocked him out literally.

    15. mujahideenryder July 13th, 2006 at 10:47 am

      Nadia on July 13, 2006 at 10:21 am said:

      Mujahideenrider you wrote that: “Also Zidane, is married to a non-Muslim woman, he said himself he is “non-practicing”. Someone calling him a terrorist, won’t exactly have the same effect on a bearded Arab/Desi brother wearing a thoub/jalabiyya/shalwar kameez.”

      You can say to me what is the report between the fact to be practicing and non-practising. He offended Zinedine “son of a terrorist whore”, I think that practicing or not, it is a muslim all the same. To hear somebody offended his mother and her sister of whore, many cannot remained indifferent.

      I think it is not your business the fact that he is married to a non-Muslim, the marriage between a muslim man and a non-muslim woman is authorized by ISLAM. The Italian player repeated several times these offending comments, he pronounced them again (three times).

      For those who speak french or understand it : Zidane’s interview with Michel Denisot:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSA_I-nFXOU

      A video which shows that the Italian player continued to speak while Zidane started to run. Before to run, he said to Materazi by smiling that if he wanted his T-shirt he would exchange it at the end of the match :

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zy3YbEiYMc&mode=related&search=

      His reaction is linked to the fact that her sister and her mother were offended “of whore”, there was damage to the family’s honour of Zidane. I think it is that, which made Zidane reacted, of course also “the terrorist word”. He is Algerian muslim, and although you can say about it, italians don’t make difference between muslim practicing and non-practicing.
      A muslim is likened and seen as belonging to the muslim community even if he’s non-practising, for most of people. You don’t know what he feels and how he lives his faith. Why would he suffer less than an insult of terrorist under pretext that he is a non-practising?
      I’ll make prayers and douas so that he becomes a muslim practicing, maybe that there, will you authorize him to complain to be offend “of terrorist”?

      Salam alikoum

      Zidane didn’t hint at him becing called a terrorist. Shab is right, cursing at the mother and sister is worse then being called a terrorist.

    16. Nadia July 13th, 2006 at 5:06 pm

      I said : “His reaction is linked to the fact that her sister and her mother were offended “of whore”, there was damage to the family’s honour of Zidane. I think it is that, which made Zidane reacted, (and) of course also “the terrorist word” (pronunced by italian player (?)).” and
      “To hear somebody offended his mother and her sister “of whore”, many cannot remained indifferent.”

      SO, we are all agree, Shab, You and I, We said the same thing. Maybe, I wasn’t clear in my message?

      Salam alikoum

    17. H-CHAKER October 16th, 2007 at 11:50 am

      this is clearly an act of racism from the italian player materazi this player should not be allowed to play the beautifull game again the fifa the french football association and the french government has failed to protest and prevent this player to play the beautifull game again RACISM is not allowed and whoever practice it is a an alien to the geautifful game and should be panished by not paying again l will run a campagne against materazi for not allowing him to play again and i am requesting all the football lover to conplain to the fifa and the french football association for this matter

    18. arab February 25th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

      zidane is Berber, and his reaction was a tru Berber reaction..(BARBARIANS)..I don t understand why people call him arab, or muslim..he is a kabylie berber from algeria, they hate arabs and muslims….thats why they play for european nations…just like KARIM BENZEMA, SAMIR NASRI, IBRAHIM AFELLAY, ISMAEL AISATTI, KHALID BOULAHROUZ…..

    19. ....... February 25th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

      ZIDANNE IS SIK, HE CUD HAVE WON THE WORLD CUP FOR FRANCE AND B REMEMBERED FOR FIVE MINS BUH HE DONE DA BEST HEADBUTT EVA AND HES GNA B REMEMBERED FOR A LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG TYM :)

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