Footy In A Week

Zidane speaks
July 13, 2006, 1:33 am
Filed under: World Cup 2006

Zidane spoke today on French channel Canal Plus. Here’s what he said, translated to English.

Interviewer: You know the Italian players well because you played in Italy for five years. Did you have any problem with any of them beforehand?

Zinedine Zidane: Not at all. You always have friction with certain players…that is the game, it has always been like that. But I never had any clashes with anyone.

Interviewer: Nor Materazzi?

Zinedine Zidane: No, never. There was nothing beforehand and nothing in the match until he started pulling my jersey.

He grabbed my shirt and I told him to stop. I told him if he wanted I’d swap it with him at the end of the match.

That is when he said some very hard words, which were harder than gestures. He repeated them several times. It all happened very quickly and he spoke about things which hurt me deep down.

Interviewer: Everyone wants to know exactly what he said…

Zinedine Zidane: They were very serious things, very personal things.

Interviewer: About your mother and your sister?

Zinedine Zidane: Yes. They were very hard words. You hear them once and you try to move away.

But then you hear them twice, and then a third time… I am a man and some words are harder to hear than actions. I would rather have taken a blow to the face than hear that.

Interviewer: He said these things about your mother and sister two or three times?

Zinedine Zidane: Yes. I reacted and of course it is not a gesture you should do. I must say that strongly.

It was seen by two or three billion people watching on television and millions and millions of children.

It was an inexcusable gesture and to them, and the people in education whose job it is to show children what they should and shouldn’t do, I want to apologise.

Interviewer: You apologise to them but do you really regret having done it?

Zinedine Zidane: I can’t regret it because if I do it would be like admitting that he was right to say all that. And above all, it was not right.

We always talk about the reaction, and inevitably it must be punished. But if there is no provocation, there is no reaction.

First of all you have to say there is provocation, and the guilty one is the one who does the provoking. The response is to always punish the reaction, but if I react, something has happened.

Do you imagine that in a World Cup final like that, with just 10 minutes to go to the end of my career, I am going to do something like that because it gives me pleasure?

Interviewer: No of course not. But at the moment you exploded…

Zinedine Zidane: There was provocation, and it was very serious, that is all. My action was inexcusable but you have to punish the real culprit, and the real culprit is the one who provoked it. Voila.


6 Comments so far
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Maskeeeeen Zidane wayeeeed kesar `7a6ri bas ashwa i think FIFA or madri mino is planning to punish the italian guy!

Zidane sounds smart! Wayeeed kobar feee 3aini!!!

Comment by Bella Color

The man does have a point.. And he said it quite well..
I especially liked the Voila at the end.. 😛

Comment by MvYv

“wayid kobar feee 3aini”??

I love the guy, have for years, wanted to see him ride into the sunset as a champion, but come on … he deserved the punishment, didnt deserve the world cup (after that) and certainly doesn’t deserve the Golden Ball ….

Any athlete/sports fan can tell you that you can’t let words get to you … especially not on that stage, when millions are counting on you ….. certainly heartbreaking, disappointing, shameful ….. but he brought it on himself, for sure

Comment by nass64

This is one topic that will remain controversial through out the years, with people supporting his actions or rejecting them.

Comment by Carlsb3rg

Maskeen 😦 I don’t blame him! I agree that the povoker should be punished as well!

Comment by Obsessive Compulsive

It took him four days to come up with this?!? Give me a break! It’s his word vs Matrix’s, so I guess we will never really know the truth.

Comment by anon

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