Tuesday, July 11, 2006

What Materazzi Said

"An Italian lip-reader last night claimed to have deciphered the words Marco Materazzi said to Zinédine Zidane that provoked the French captain into butting him in the chest during Sunday's World Cup final, the great midfielder's final act before a red card ended his career in top-level football.

According to the BBC, Materazzi said, 'I wish an ugly death to you and all your family,' and then told Zidane to 'go fuck yourself'."
From The Guardian's faultless World Cup coverage.

Others are claiming the brilliantly tattooed Azzuri star told Zidane he was a "dirty terrorist" but Materazzi claims:
"It is absolutely not true, I did not call him a terrorist. I'm ignorant. I don't even know what the word means."
Another theory from The Independent..
It was a confrontation that began with Materazzi grabbing Zidane's shirt.

It is alleged that Zidane responded by sarcastically telling Materazzi that he could have his shirt as a souvenir at the end of the match. The Italian is alleged to have responded by saying that Zidane could keep it for his sister and then made an extremely derogatory comment about her ­ that version is backed up by lip-readers from the Brazilian TV channel Globo. They claim Materazzi called her a "prostitute".

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