View Full Version : Zidane head butt outrage -as seen by the world

07-18-2006, 02:07 PM
As seen by the Germans:


As seen by the French:


As seen by the Italians:


As seen by the Americans:


As seen by the press:


07-19-2006, 12:57 PM
I can't believe this crybaby went crying "wee wee wee" to the press about how bad man Materrazzi called his mommy and sis names. Give old Baldy a bottle and a binky and put him to bed.

07-19-2006, 05:33 PM
Zidane let his team down in a big way with such a stunt,
yet he was named the player of the 2006 World Cup.

- Chuck Johnston

07-20-2006, 09:14 AM
FIFA may yank his "Golden Ball" today. It couldn't happen to a more deserving twit.

07-20-2006, 02:02 PM
Times Online July 20, 2006

Zidane and Materazzi suspended and fined
By Times Online and Agencies

Zinedine Zidane, the former France captain, has been suspended for three matches and fined 7,500 Swiss francs (£3,260) by Fifa for head-butting Marco Materazzi, the Italy defender, in the World Cup final. Materazzi was banned for two matches and fined 5,000 Swiss francs (£2,170).

The ban on Zidane is largely symbolic as the former Juventus and Real Madrid midfield player announced that he was retiring from competitive football after the 2006 World Cup finals. Andreas Herren, a Fifa spokesman, said: "As Zidane has retired, the commission has noted Zidane will also make himself available to Fifa for humanitarian activities with children and adolescents."

Sepp Blatter, the Fifa president, had suggested that Zidane could be stripped of his Golden Ball award as the World Cup's best player, but Herren denied the possibility of further punishment: "It wasn't even discussed at the meeting."

Zidane arrived at Fifa's Zurich headquarters this morning to give his version of the incident in which he was sent-off for ramming Materazzi in the chest after a verbal exchange during the World Cup final. The off-the-ball incident was missed by Horacio Elizondo, the referee, and his linesmen, but was spotted by Luis Medina Cantalejo, the fourth official. Italy won the final 5-3 on penalties after the match finished 1-1 after extra time.

"In both of the players' statements, the two players expressed regret over the incidents and presented their excuses to Fifa and the football community over what had happened," said Herren. "They both stressed in statements that the verbal provocation was of an insulting nature but not of any racist nature."

Media speculation after the final was quick to suggest that Materazzi had provoked Zidane's action. The Times enlisted the help of a lip reader to determine what the Italian said. With the help of a translator, it was concluded that Materazzi called Zidane “the son of a terrorist whore”.

When asked about the allegations, Materazzi issued a vehement denial: “It is absolutely not true,” he said. “I did not call him a terrorist. I’m ignorant. I don’t even know what the word means.” However, he changed his story after Fifa decided to open a disciplinary investigation. Materazzi later admitted that he did insult Zidane but strenuously denied making any racist comments.

Zidane eventually spoke out about the incident in two interviews on French television. He apologised to children who watched the match, but said he didn't regret his actions because he was provoked by repeated harsh insults from Materazzi about his mother and sister. These allegations resulted in Fifa extending its disciplinary proceedings to the Italian, who gave evidence in Zurich on July 14.

07-20-2006, 02:28 PM
What a precedent. Fines and suspensions for on-field trash talking. Good luck enforcing that policy.

Roberto Aqui
07-20-2006, 05:50 PM
Can't figure out the outrage other than the butt cost his team the likely World Cut trophy. As much as the French are ridiculed, I would think everyone would be happy. Certainly the incident reinforces their image as losers.

The foul itself was wimpy. Headbutt to the chest, that's weinie territory. I know players take worse legal punishment in a game than that.

07-20-2006, 07:31 PM

07-21-2006, 10:00 AM
This whole FIFA disciplinary charade, not to mention the Golden Ball, was just as sop to throw the French to help them save face and salve their wounded pride. If it had been anyone other than Zidunce, he would have been red carded and that would have been the end of it. We certainly would not have had to endure the spectacle of the global press corps hiring lip readers to figure out what was said about someone's mommy. The whole thing was a farce. As for Zidumb, I say, nice career, don't let the locker room door hit your derriere on the way out.

07-21-2006, 03:10 PM
Roundup: Italy's press assails ruling on Zidane
Agence France-Presse, The Associated Press

Published: July 21, 2006

FIFA's decision to hand Marco Materazzi a two-match suspension for insulting Zinédine Zidane in the World Cup final drew fierce criticism from the Italian press on Friday.

Materazzi was banned and fined 5,000 Swiss francs, or about $4,000, on Thursday by a disciplinary committee of world soccer's governing body.

But Italian newspapers were outraged by the punishment, and La Stampa described it as a "scandalous sentence." The leading sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport's headline read, "Zidane-Materazzi 3-2, Italy is angry," and the paper said it was "too low a punishment for Zizou."

Materazzi admitted verbally abusing Zidane in extra time in the final before the French captain head-butted him and was ejected.

Zidane was given a three-match ban and fined 7,500 Swiss francs. Because he has retired, he will do humanitarian work with children instead of being banned.

The president of France's soccer federation, Jean-Pierre Escalettes, was satisfied with the punishments, calling them "intelligent, measured and reasonable."

But La Repubblica said, "There is no law that can justify putting the provocation and the reaction on the same level." Gazzetta claimed the punishment was an "injustice," and Corriere dello Sport said it gave a "reward to violence." (AFP)

07-21-2006, 03:12 PM
Note that the Golden Ball for best player of the tournament was decided during the match before the incident.

07-21-2006, 03:56 PM
It was classic. Undoubtedly, the press wanted to see the Retiring Star in Glory, sort of like Jerome Bettis in Detroit at the Super Bowl.

But it don't mean squat. Italia has the Cup. Full stop.

07-22-2006, 09:04 PM
Mandate for mayhem

By Martin Samuel (News of the World)

AT last we have something by which to remember the 2006 World Cup.

The worst decision in the history of football.

Congratulations, FIFA. Well done, Sepp. We knew you'd get there in the end.

Name-calling is now a more serious offence than physical violence: official.

Good luck with that next season, gentlemen. Good luck when every assailant committing an act of brutality, from a petulant foul to a full-blown assault, trots out the Mama Zidane excuse.

By equating Marco Materazzi's insults with Zinedine Zidane's excessive, thuggish reaction, FIFA have signed a mandate for mayhem at football grounds around the world. It is a verdict that must freeze the blood of every official at every level fighting an increasingly losing battle for law and order.

This week I was present at a soccer school for kids where an experienced coach reminded the young players about the need to walk away from trouble.


But when questioned too many thought it was OK to react in anger if an opponent was ‘dissing your mum'. Welcome to the future, Sepp. Your future.

Thanks to FIFA, self-control is out; losing your rag is in. Why turn the other cheek when you can use your head — as Zidane did — and get away with it?

The old way was black and white and easy to police. Retaliation was bad. Whatever the provocation, a player had to keep his cool. A celebrity sending-off in the World Cup final changed that.

What happens now is anybody's guess. Every violent act on the football field could be placed under review on the grounds of some alleged slander.

Imagine the 22 cards issued in the World Cup match between Holland and Portugal scrutinised in this way — a mountain of paperwork, claim and counter-claim, about who said what to whom and how this led to the next outrage.

Does this mean that if Wayne Rooney had claimed Ricardo Carvalho had muttered unkind words about his sister prior to the stamping incident, he would have been indulged and sent on his way? That is, in effect, what happened to Zidane — suspended for three games from a sport he no longer plays. Compare that to Materazzi's censure — a two-match ban which will include an important Euro 2008 qualifier against France. Might some French players pass comment about that during the match in Paris?

And, if they do, how far are they allowed to go before the Italians are justified in avenging the honour of their World Cup-winning friend with a headbutt?

"Players may now think better of dishing out this kind of abuse in future," said FIFA spokesman Andreas Herren. "If they don't, we may see more of these cases happening. That will not trouble us."

Really? Considering that in every World Cup the governing body proves itself poor at handling the basic disciplinary demands, this is big talk.

In Germany, a different form of refereeing had to be introduced at the quarter-final stage — because FIFA's interference had ruined the early rounds.

Fresh from that disaster, Sepp Blatter and his cronies should now be prepared for the consequences of their latest lunacy — when claims of offences that are unseen and unproved, are used to justify very visible and real instances of violence.

In the majority of cases, all FIFA will be left to consider is the word of one man against the next. Thankfully, a precedent is in place for this, too. When in doubt, go with the famous person.