Consumer-generated humor mixed with Citizen Journalism:
Wham! Zidane uses his head on Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup Final - Italy vs France, 9th July 2006
(Set up, photographed and loaded to Flickr within 15 minutes of the incident :-) )
When I set this picture up I never knew this (copied from Zidane’s Wikipedia entry):
“Zidane was sponsored by LEGO for a while and wore their logo. He was the official endorser of their Soccer/Football line, and was also immortalised in plastic in the form of a LEGO minifigure of himself, available in several of the sets.”
This is exactly how it went. I can’t wait to hear what really happened. Zidane is said to make a statement in the next couple of days.
Seeing this compilation of ‘the art of Materazzi’ or this one, I can only imagine Zidane was getting pretty fed up of this childish behavior. And then you get what’s coming to you. If you have absolutely no idea what the fuzz is all about: check this clip. Then I ask you: how would you feel if someone was groping you all up? And knowing the Italians never actually won a match ‘clean’ but always with dirty tricks and irritating backtalk and provocation, I can imagine the sissy just made Zidane snap.
Agreed, a player of his greatness shouldn’t have let himself go during the game. He should’ve waited ’til after the match and hit that stupid Materazzi on the head with the trophy.UPDATE: An Italian lip-reader last night claimed to have deciphered the words Marco Materazzi said to Zinédine Zidane that provoked the French captain into butting him in the chest during Sunday's World Cup final, the great midfielder's final act before a red card ended his career in top-level football.
According to the BBC, Materazzi said, "I wish an ugly death to you and all your family," and then told Zidane to "go fuck yourself".
A Paris-based anti-racism group, SOS-Racism, earlier said that "several very well informed sources" had suggested Zidane was called a "dirty terrorist".
But though video evidence is being used to judge Materazzi, it was not used by match officials to condemn Zidane. Fifa yesterday released a statement insisting that "the fourth referee saw the incident with his own eyes and told the referee and the assistant directly through their headsets".
The controversy did not stop Zidane from winning the Golden Ball as the World Cup's best player, ahead of the final's other captain, Italy's Fabio Cannavaro. The Frenchman earned 2,012 points in a poll of journalists covering the event, with Cannavaro on 1,977 and the Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo third with 715.