Monday, July 10, 2006

Was Racist Remark trigger of Zidane Head-Butt Foul at World Cup Final

Yesterday the world (over 1 billion of us) witnessed in slow motion the now infamous head butt fouled by French sports star Zinedine Zidane against Italy's Marco Materazzi. Whatever language you heard it in, all the announcers were saying the same thing pourqoi, pourqoi , why, why????

Today analysts, commentators and the world continues to ponder over the incident. Some news is filtering out, by the AP, European organizations and others that Materazzi might have triggered the foul by making a racist slur at Zidane.

I was disappointed that Zidane lost it and committed the foul. A star of his status should try to keep his cool, but there seems to be more to this story than just a player gone mad. Here are the articles:

The Zidane mystery: What set him off?

"The Italians did everything they
could do to provoke Zidane," France
defender William Gallas said.
Seconds before, Materazzi had wrapped his arm
around Zidane just as a
French attack on goal passed harmlessly by. The two
exchanged words as they
walked back up the field, well behind the play. Then,
without warning,
Zidane spun around, lowered his head and rammed Materazzi,
knocking him to
the ground.
The Paris-based anti-racism advocacy group
SOS-Racism issued
a statement Monday quoting "several very well informed sources
from the
world of football" as saying Materazzi called Zidane a "dirty
terrorist." It
demanded that FIFA investigate and take any appropriate

See Also: Why Today I Wear My Zidane Jersey

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And Zidane wasn't wearing a turbin with a bomb in it. So that proves that those cartoons were just Islamophobic propoganda. And Pat Robertson claiming to leg-press 2000 pounds proves that the Christian God and the Islamic God are the same. (Don't bother reading the Bible and Quran to compare for yourself). Perhaps a few riots to protest the supposed insulting of Zidane would be in order.