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I'd love to know what the other guy said to make him do that - what a dreadful way to end a career.
Yep - shocking.
What a nutter.
Whatever was said, ZZ's reaction was well out of order and just looks worse every time I see it. If Materazzi said anything particularly nasty, then ZZ should have shown himself to be above hima and sort it out off the pitch, through the proper channels, after the match.
Sad that such a great player will now forever be remembered for his actions tonight.
It was sad to see such a great career end in ignomy, and on the biggest stage too.
Its easy to sit and criticise when your not int he pressure situation, but Zidane is experianced enough to ignore any name-calling - or whatever it was that sparked him off, and thats exactly what he should've done - ignore it, and go win the game for his country.
I am still totally bemused by the actions of Zidane very strange!!!!
It sure looks awful (and worse) when you see it this way...
Well - it's out - the reason why ZZ flipped at Materazzi. The Italian, an ex-Evertonian, is alleged to have said:
"I hear you're quitting. I could get you a game at Goodison if you like....."
Seriously - it looks like video evidence is now being used to make decisions in matches:
A dangerous precedent has been set I feel - and anyway - I don't think the use of video evidence has been sanctioned by FIFA? Does that make the sending-off invalid?
I couldn't believe what I was watching!! What a dreadful way to end such a sparkling international career!!
What a shame. That moment of stupidity is the one moment that he'll be remembered for for ever now, and it's such a shame because his skill with the ball was up there with the best ever.
Still voted the Player of the tournament!
I think it was something about his north african heritage or some terrorist jibe , whatever was said not the best way to finish your career..
Well some people don't waste any time do they?
Even MC Hammer got in on the action:
Yeah I thought that last night. The referee and linesmen obviously hadn't seen it and it was only when the 4th official called the Ref over that he did anything. The 4th official had the benefit of watching th same pictures as we were seeing on the big screen and I think it was after seeing what Zidane did that he decided that action needed to be taken.
Imagine the stick the officials would have got if Zidane would have stayed on the the pitch and possibly scored the match winning penalty for France though!
Either way it's such a sad, stupid and needless way to finish such a fantastic career.
"The fourth referee saw the incident with his own eyes and told the referee and the assistant referee directly though their headsets," Fifa spokesman Andreas Herren explained.
While Fifa admit that the fifth official does have a TV monitor, he is not permitted to intervene, and the fourth official has no access to replays. "
I think I'll wait to hear ZZ's side of things before I join in the round of outright condemnation. There is no defence for ZZ's reaction, but if Materazzi said what he is mooted to have in today's Standard, then he should have the book thrown at him too.
Of course, with all the ructions going on in domeestic football in Italy, perhaps Italy should suffer the ultimiate sanction - having the national world cup victory anulled should be a fitting punishment.
But his reaction is there for all to see - like I said previously whatever MM did, ZZ's behaviour was well out of order.
I'll wait for the official verdict!
And if the speculation about what matterazzi said is true and he did call ZZ a "son of a terrorist whore", should he also have the book thrown at him? It's a pretty low, scum bag thing to say, especially bringing someones relatives in to it.
There isn't any need for anything like that in football, if it's true what do you think is a fitting punishment?
Have his winners medal stripped from him perhaps?
If it's true, then yes definitely.
As for punishment? Send him back to Everton I say.
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