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Dublin, Ireland, 2006/07/10 - Zidane awarded Golden Ball and coolest player by NYT announced today he will soon reveal what Marco Materazzi Azzurri player said to him. According to some sources, Zidane who has no history of game violence said "what he said was really disgusting"..
2006 World Cup ended in disgrace.
Guardian’s journalist Kevin McCarra wrote “there were suggestions last night that Materazzi had called him ‘a terrorist’” – If Materazzi really called Zidane ‘a terrorist’, Zinedine Zidane’s gesture should be seen for what it really represents: a strong political statement directed to all of us.
The Paris-based anti-racism advocacy group SOS-Racism issued a statement Monday quoting "several very well informed sources from the world of football" as saying Materazzi called Zidane a "dirty terrorist." It demanded that FIFA, soccer's world governing body, investigate and take any appropriate action.
Italy who was in trouble much of the second half, getting tired, technically weak, French owned the game. Then Zidane who has no history of any game violence, went "crazy" on Sunday. According to some sources, Zidane said "what he said was really disgusting". He also told that he will reveal what Marco Materazzi Azzurri player said to him.
Recent BBC article by Phil McNulty - Sport Online chief football writer wrote: "Let’s just say Marco is a somewhat emotional individual who came straight from pantomime villain central casting and could turn on the tears quicker than Sir Richard Attenborough on Oscar night."
"I don't know what Materazzi said to Zidane, but it's a shame. It's sad. He (Materazzi) did a lot of acting and for such a big man, a gust of wind made him fall over. It's regrettable. We regret it." said French coach Raymond Domenech.
"Now there is just consternation," added another supporter, Pierre, 29. "I just want to know what Materazzi said to Zizou."
"We are tired of italians acting, they do not play, they simulate, see their game Vs Australia, actually just watch carefully all their games during past World Cup says James, 68 from Sydney.
"Italians knew they could not make it and had to go to PK and without Zidane to shoot the first one was part of their strategies" said Roberto Alavarez from Spain.
Michel Platini openly admited that, during his own playing career, Italy were the team he enjoyed beating "more than any other". The vice-president of the French Football Federation and chairman of FIFA's Technical and Development Committee is well aware, however, that he never faced the Azzurri with the stakes as high as they will be for Zinedine Zidane and Co this evening. Source FIFA
Zinedine Zidane has been awarded adidas Golden Ball 2006 and coolest player by New York Times.