2006-2022: 16 years after, Zinedine Zidane reveals why he headed Materrazi
In a long and rich interview with L'Equipe, Zinedine Zidane reopened the chapter of the story of the headbutt during the 2006 World Cup and said that Materazzi had talked about his sister, so he reacted with euphoria.
The 2006 World Cup final was one of the most memorable for the French team. In that final, Zinedine Zidane headbutted Italian defender Marco Materazzi. However, years later, there have been various statements about what really happened. This time it was 'Zizou' who spoke to 'L'Equipé', implying that the Italian spoke badly about his family.
"He didn't talk about my mother. He has often said that he did not insult my mother, that's true. But he insulted my sister, who was with my mother at that time. On a pitch, there were already insults," says Zizou. Everyone talks to each other, sometimes badly, but you do nothing. That day, what happened was what happened," said Zinedine Zidane. "He triggered something by talking about my sister Lila. Just for a second. But afterward, you have to accept it. I'm not proud of it, but it's part of my career. At that time, I was more fragile. It's sometimes in those moments that you can do something that's not right..."