Zidane: Materazzi Insulted Mother, Sister French soccer star Zinedine Zidane has spoken for the first time about the infamous head-butt he delivered in overtime of the World Cup finals. The midfielder, voted the best player of the Cup, was thrown out of the game against Italy after knocking Italian defender Marco Materazzi down. The incident led to many questions, but chief among them has been: What did Materazzi say to make Zidane so angry? Zidane says Materazzi insulted his mother and sister.
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Zidane: Materazzi Insulted Mother, Sister

Zidane: Materazzi Insulted Mother, Sister

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French soccer star Zinedine Zidane has spoken for the first time about the infamous head-butt he delivered in overtime of the World Cup finals. The midfielder, voted the best player of the Cup, was thrown out of the game against Italy after knocking Italian defender Marco Materazzi down. The incident led to many questions, but chief among them has been: What did Materazzi say to make Zidane so angry? Zidane says Materazzi insulted his mother and sister.

MICHELE NORRIS, host

Today, soccer star Zinedine Zidane explained on French television what provoked his now infamous head butt during the world cup final. In Sunday's game, he knocked down an Italian player and after some words between them. Zinedine was ejected from the game.

Mr. ZINEDINE ZIDANE (Soccer Player, France): (Foreign language spoken)

NORRIS: Zidane said he head butted Italian player Marco Materazzi because he said something very insulting about his mother and his sister. Zidane wouldn't say what. He did say, I am a man before anything else. And while he tried not to listen, he said Materazzi kept repeating the insults. Zidane said he had to act.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

Today on television, Zidane apologized in part.

Mr. ZIDANE: (Foreign language spoken)

BLOCK: He apologized to children and to educators who try to teach children to behave. But he said he did not regret his actions, because that would mean the Italian player was right to say what he said.

NORRIS: For his part, Materazzi said he did insult Zidane in a way that's common on the soccer field, but he insists he said nothing about Zidane's mother. He added that Zidane is his hero.

BLOCK: And so, we may never know exactly what was said on Sunday on the soccer field. Italian lip readers have even been brought in to watch replays of the incident. One suggested that Zidane's mother was called a terrorist whore. But both players say terrorism did not come up.

BLOCK: In the mean time, a French record label is hoping for a summer hit.

(Soundbite of music in foreign language)

BLOCK: LaPlaz(ph) Records produced this dance tune as therapy to help them deal with the disappointment of losing the World Cup.

(Soundbite of music in foreign language)

NORRIS: The song repeats (foreign language spoken), meaning head butt. The chorus says Zidane the hit man. Zinedine Zidane is retiring from soccer, and he may well have to accept his legacy will include both his success as a player and his bad behavior in the last game of his career.

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