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Were Materazzi's comments inappropriate?
Sat, August 18, 2007

MILAN, Italy (AP) - Italy defender Marco Materazzi has finally disclosed what he said to Zinedine Zidane in the World Cup final that provoked the former France midfielder to retaliate with a head-butt.

Were Materazzi's comments about Zidane's sister appropriate?

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Materazzi slurred Zidane's sister



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Even if you bump into someone's sister in a brothel, it's still inappropriate to call her a whore.
Morgie, 2007-08-19 09:00:15

Zidane's overreaction aside, what kind of lowlife thinks it's appropriate to call someone's sister a whore. It was classless regardless of the venue.
P. Master, 2007-08-19 08:57:23

Comments like that happen all the time in any professional sport where testosterone exists. Players will do whatever it takes to get the edge on their opponent-especially if they feel they are physically weaker. A psychological edge can make all the difference. Obviously it worked. It is probably true and Zidane was sick of hearing about it. A "professional" playing in a championship game in a tournement that only takes place every 4 years would have ignored it. But then again if it was hockey that they were playing he only would have had a 5 min major. At any rate the world is so desensitized to violence these days that it was a shock that he actually ended his career with a temper tantrum. I don't think Materazzi should have apologized. If he said it to give his team the upperhand then he did his job. What's said on the field stays on the field, period,may the best team win.
R Briand, 2007-08-19 08:21:56

Every sport things are said during play to throw off the opposing players.

Zidane with all his years of play knows that, he let it get to him in one of the biggest games of his life.

It help Italy win the world cup.


Mike, 2007-08-19 06:16:40

Who really gives a rats behind about either of these people and their silly sport. Makes me gag.


Joe Bush, 2007-08-19 02:10:10

Not sure what is worse, Materazzi slurring Zidane's sister or Materazzi [and the rest of the Italians(or Chileans, Argentines, etc.)] flopping all over the field faking injuries. There should be suspensions for all the phoney writhing on the field pretending to have grievous injuries (suspensions like there are for doping). FIFA is a joke
JCB, 2007-08-18 22:02:53

Oh my god. What a joke? I've heard worse trash talking on the playground. Please that doesn't even come close to cause Zidane to lose it and headbutting Materazzi. What happened to those "racial slurs" that he was supposed to have said. Please you're just looking for an excuse for France losing. It was all on Zidane, you don't think he's heard worse. It's a joke how you all make Zidane out to be a saint. It was his choice.


Tony S, 2007-08-18 21:56:36

Once again we see the truth revealed after the culprits have escaped with the prize. This behavior totally undermines the spirit of the game and the only way to remedy this is to strip the winning team of the prize. But of course that would mean fifa would have to admit to a problem and deal with it. Something they have failed miserably in. You have only to look at the last u-21 world cup to see that.

It is so sad that the problem only seems to be when latin teams are involved in these games, which is sad as they have so much natural talent and still seem to have to stoop to this pathetic behavior. Very sad and this player should be banned forever. It also does nothing for the Italian soccer trying desperately to find some face from the league cheating scandal which seems to have now spilled over into the international scene.
John, 2007-08-18 21:39:25

This is a dead issue. What Materazzi said to Zidane is irrelevant.

Sports is competition. When competition takes place, some people rely on having an edge. Some take performance enhancing drugs, while others resort to simple mind tactics.

Zidane, plain and simple, lost his cool. He let the moment take him completely over. It's possible he felt his team was slipping. It's possible he felt his team was losing their collective edge.

In any event, France lost the World Cup. Italy were and still are the World Cup champions of 2006.

My apologies to Mr. Barry Banek, you clearly are an authorative figure on gentile competition in sport. Seriously, get a clue!
Ac, 2007-08-18 19:45:30

In every sport there is a level of trash talking. If Zidane couldn't hold himself back from throwing away his career and the game than that is his problem. The french coach has since come out and saw no problem with what marco did......And this coming from the coach of the loosing team.

So good for Marco for doing what all athletes do..That is getting the advantage in the game....

BY THE WAY....FORZA ITALIA ;)
Italiano, 2007-08-18 19:13:40

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