FIFA Investigates ‘The Italian Job’
Meanwhile, more emerges concerning ‘the incident’. Various lip-readers have all found different, contradictory comments in Materazzi’s speech, leading me to conclude… that they simply don’t know what was said. Also, Materazzi himself has denied using the word ‘terrorist’ or insulting Zidane’s mother. He also says that Zidane was looking at him up and down arrogantly and thus a joint-instigator. Such factors, if true, would make pretty much impossible the concept that this was all a ‘dirty-tricks’ campaign on Italy’s part. It would make the scene seem to be a relatively good-natured banter that degenerated into an argument and from there to the headbutt. Zisdane has actually received 14 red cards in his career, some for violent behaviour. Zidane may even be stripped of his player of the cup award, the ‘golden ball’, for going against the ethics of the game. That which was given can also be taken away. Whether that would affect his fan’s views is doubtful though- he is loved by just as many millions who loved, and love, other great football players.
On the other hand, there may be strong action taken against Materazzi, if it turns out he did racially abuse Zidane, which many would consider just as serious a matter as the violence that it provoked. No-one deserves to be abused in such a way, whatever their situation and it would at the very least be a mitigating factor in people’s views of Zidane’s behaviour. I very much doubt this would affect the Italians keeping the World Cup, but who knows? At any rate, Zidane is now widely seen as putting his humanity before merely winning. Let’s remember that the headbutt was to the chest, to a strong man who got up and played moments later. I doubt it was ever intended to cause an injury, being more of an extremely strong ‘shove’ (which doesn’t make it excusable, but let’s keep things in context and see them for what they are).
At 1900 BST, Zidane shall speak out about the incident and reveal what was said. The world awaits.
Posted by Starfires on July 12, 2006