Zidane speaks out ...
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TONY EASTLEY: It became one of the defining moments of the World Cup final - French captain Zinedine Zidane head-butting an Italian opponent, knocking him to the ground. Now the French football star has finally spoken out about what prompted his sending off in the final. The former captain says he doesn't regret his actions, claiming that his mother and sister were repeatedly insulted by the Italian player.
Europe Correspondent Rafael Epstein.
RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Once the world's most expensive footballer, he was voted the best in the world, and in 1998's World Cup victory the working class Muslim with Algerian parents exemplified the multicultural success that France wants to be.
But he knows his actions in the weekend final not only overshadowed Italy's victory, they threaten to blemish his reputation as one of the world's best ever soccer players.
ZINEDINE ZIDANE (translated): "I would like to say loud and clear, because it was seen by two or three billion people on television and by millions of children who saw this, I apologise. And I say this very clearly.
But I cannot regret what I did, because that would suggest that he was right."
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P.S: I'm yet to recover from the shock that the world's best soccer player was sent off in the world cup final with a red card. I would like to belive Zidane was really frustrated with Materazzi's comments and hence he just did what he did on that fateful day.
We may not see Zidane again on the field but his golden goals are always a witness to this amazing player.