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2006-09-05 13:26:21

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy defender Marco Materazzi has revealed the content of the verbal exchange he had with Zinedine Zidane which led to the headbutt from the Frenchman and his sending off in July's World Cup final. Materazzi said it was mention of Zidane's sister which prompted the butt from the France midfielder which left Italy's opponents down to 10 men before their defeat on penalties. "I did not provoke him, I responded verbally to a provocation," Materazzi told the daily...

2006-08-13 08:23:03

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - No buts about it, Zinedine Zidane is France's favorite personality. Despite the head butt on an Italian defender that arguably cost France the World Cup, the former captain of the national soccer side is by far the most popular personality in the country, a new poll showed on Sunday. Zidane was shown a red card 10 minutes before the end of extra time in the July 9 final after felling Italy's Marco Materazzi. That ensured he missed the penalty shoot-out...

2006-07-20 09:00:25

By Mark Ledsom ZURICH (Reuters) - Former France captain Zinedine Zidane and Italy defender Marco Materazzi were both fined and banned by FIFA on Thursday after the head-butting incident that marred the World Cup final on July 9. Zidane, who has retired as a player, was fined 7,500 Swiss francs ($6,014) and handed a three-match ban by FIFA's five-man disciplinary committee following his red card for head-butting Materazzi. As he is no longer a player, he offered to undertake three...

2006-07-20 08:03:26

ZURICH (Reuters) - France's Zinedine Zidane was given a three-match ban and a 7,500 Swiss franc fine for head-butting Italian Marco Materazzi in this month's World Cup final in Berlin. Materazzi was banned for two matches and fined 5,000 Swiss francs ($4,010) for his part in the incident which occurred in extra-time before Italy's penalty shootout victory.

2006-07-19 09:42:23

By Mark Ledsom BERN, Switzerland (Reuters) - Former France captain Zinedine Zidane will appear before FIFA's disciplinary committee in Zurich on Thursday to give his account of the incident in which he head-butted an opponent in the World Cup final. The 34-year-old was sent off in the closing stages of the final match of his illustrious career after butting his head into the chest of Italian defender Marco Materazzi. Zidane, three-times FIFA's World Player of the Year, had already...

2006-07-12 16:28:22

By Pierre Serisier PARIS (Reuters) - Zinedine Zidane said on Wednesday he attacked defender Marco Materazzi during the World Cup final to defend the honor of his mother and sister. The French captain said he could not let Materazzi's words on the pitch go unanswered, though he admitted head-butting the Italian was not a good thing to do. In an interview with the French television channel Canal Plus, a chastened-looking Zidane also apologized to children and fans but said that he did...

2006-07-12 15:53:22

ROME (Reuters) - Italian defender Marco Materazzi, who head-butted by Zinedine Zidane during the World Cup final, has denied insulting the France captain's mother. In an interview given to Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday, Materazzi said Zidane was his footballing hero. "I said nothing to him about race, religion or politics. I did not talk about his mother either," the defender was quoted as saying. "I lost my mother when I was 15 and it still upsets me to...

2006-07-12 13:07:10

PARIS (Reuters) - Zinedine Zidane said on Wednesday that Italian defender Marco Materazzi insulted his mother and his sister during the World Cup final against Italy. The French captain reacted to the insult by head-butting Materazzi's chest in the second period of extra time of the match. He was sent off. "He (Materazzi) pronounced very tough words about my mother and my sister. I tried not to listen to him but he kept repeating them," Zidane told in a live interview on French...

2006-07-12 14:40:03

By Pierre S©risier PARIS (Reuters) - Zinedine Zidane said on Wednesday he was provoked into head-butting defender Marco Materazzi during the World Cup final because the Italian insulted his mother and his sister. In an interview with French television channel Canal Plus Zidane also apologised to children and fans but did not regret the attack that led to his sending off. The French captain reacted to the insult by ramming his head into Materazzi's chest in the second period of...

2006-07-12 14:20:22

By Pierre S©risier PARIS (Reuters) - Zinedine Zidane said on Wednesday he was provoked into head-butting defender Marco Materazzi during the World Cup final because the Italian insulted his mother and his sister. In an interview with French television channel Canal Plus Zidane also apologized to children and fans but did not regret the attack that led to his sending off. The French captain reacted to the insult by ramming his head into Materazzi's chest in the second period of...


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