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Ear to the Ground

Head-Butting Soccer Star: Opponent Insulted My Family

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Posted on Jul 12, 2006
Zinedine Zidane
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Zinedine Zidane

According to the AP: “Zinedine Zidane apologized for head-butting an Italian opponent during the World Cup final, saying Wednesday that he was provoked by harsh insults about his mother and sister.”

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  • AP:

    PARIS - French soccer star Zinedine Zidane apologized for head-butting an Italian opponent during the World Cup final, saying Wednesday that he was provoked by harsh insults about his mother and sister.

    “I apologize, to all the children” who watched the match Sunday, Zidane said in his first, highly awaited comments about the brutal act of violence that marked the end of his career.

    The 34-year-old midfielder, soft-spoken and relaxed in the interview with the Canal-Plus television network, did not specify exactly what Italian defender Marco Materazzi said that enraged him, but said it was about his family.

    “I would rather have taken a punch in the jaw than have heard that,” Zidane said, stressing that Materazzi’s language was “very harsh,” and that he repeated the insults several times.

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    By R. A. Earl, July 13, 2006 at 8:33 am Link to this comment
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    How can someone with that thick a head have such thin skin?

    Again I find myself in a minority… amongst those who couldn’t care less about what millionaire sports figures, in any sport, say, do or “achieve.” SPORTS is a business and should be reported on business news broadcasts, if at all. Professional sport has NOTHING TO DO WITH SPORT.

    But billions of testosterone-charged, adolescent-minded people (mostly male, but females too) will strongly disagree with me. Which is great! It means I’m NOT ONE OF THEM!

    Report this

    By Farakon, July 12, 2006 at 3:37 pm Link to this comment
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    Who cares?

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