Marco Materazzi has finally revealed what he told now Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane in the infamous head-butt at the 2006 World Cup final between France and Italy.
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Media reports had suggested Materazzi had insulted Zidane’s mother, but the 42-year-old former Italy international insists that was not the case, Goal.com reports.
However, he admitted that what he said was stupid but it did not deserve that reaction.
Materazzi said: “What I said was stupid. But it didn’t deserve that reaction. You would hear stronger words said on the streets of Naples, or Milan, or Paris, much more serious things.
“My mother died when I was 15, so I would never have insulted his. “I spoke about his sister. “I have never understood why that incident reached such levels of notoriety. The only thing I want to remember from that day were my goals.
“Sometimes, in Italy, I meet fans on the street and they say to me: ‘Marco, you did well giving him that headbutt!’ “And it makes me angry because… I was the one who was on the receiving end! But it shows just how strange it is that the story has been told and altered.
It’s no big deal, I don’t resent it, and I never will.”
Zidane in a rage turned around and head-butted Materazzi after the Italian defender provoked him with the inflammatory words.
The French man, Zidane was sent off and Italy won over France 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out after Zidane was sent off in extra time.
The game turned out to be the last in his professional playing career.