Materazzi breaks silence over Zidane head-butt
Materazzi said it was mention of Zidane's sister which prompted the butt from the France midfielder which left Italy's opponents down to 10 men before their defeat on penalties.
'I did not provoke him, I responded verbally to a provocation,' Materazzi told the daily Gazzetta dello Sport on Tuesday.
'We both spoke and I wasn't the first. I held his shirt but don't you think it is a provocation to say that 'if you want my shirt I will give it you afterwards'?
'I replied to Zidane that I would prefer his sister, that is true. I brought up his sister and that wasn't a nice thing, that is true,' said Materazzi.
'Thankfully there are tens of footballers who could confirm that much worse things are said on the field,' added the Inter Milan defender.
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A disgraceful move by such a legend. It's unfortunate that he had to end his career like this. If only that great header of his went in, just before this happened, but Buffon made a great save. The French coach felt the same, he was thinking he wished he had taken him out, so the crowd could give him his due. To see what happened watch the video below. Also, watch Buffon's Save of Zidane's Header, just before this play...
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