Zidane 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 Zidaneâ€™s mother and sister.
â€œI tried not to listen to him but he repeated them several times,â€ Zidane said. â€œSometimes words are harder than blows. When he said it for the third time, I reacted.â€
Zidane argued that while he accepted that what he had done was wrong, Materazzi was to blame.
â€œThe reaction must be punished but if there had been no provocation there would have been no reaction,â€ Zidane said. â€œDo 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?â€
Zidane went on to apologize, several times, to â€œall children and everyone who saw the act.â€
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