World Cup Countdown: The Zidane Headbutt

Written by on June 13, 2018

It was a headbutt no football fan will ever forget.
In the 2006 World Cup Final, France’s best player Zinedine Zidane was shown a red card after headbutting Italian midfielder Marco Materazzi in the chest. It was a moment France will never forget, and Italy wound up winning the match in penalty kicks.
For years, the general line was that Marco Materazzi had insulted Zidane’s mother, which caused him to fly off the handle. Materazzi never confirmed that, but also never clarified what he did say.
On the 10th anniversary of the match in 2016, Materazzi — who was writing a book about his life — finally came clean.
It wasn’t Zidane’s mother he spoke about. It was Zidane’s sister.
An inglorious end to Zidane’s international career but maybe even a saint would have been tested by the Italian’s remark which is too graphic to repeat here.

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