As per Kickoff, nearly 14 years after Zinedine Zidane was sent off for headbutting Marco Materazzi in the 2006 FIFA World Cup final, the former Italy defender has finally revealed what he said to provoke the ex-France captain.
Zidane was infamously shown his marching orders in the 110th minute of Les Bleus’ defeat to the Azzurri when he headbutted Materazzi in the chest following a brief verbal exchange.
In an Instagram Live broadcast, one of the fans asked him what led to the infamous headbutt and here was his reply.
“Zidane’s headbutt? I wasn’t expecting it in that moment,” the 46-year-old explained, per AS.
“I was lucky enough that the whole episode took me by surprise because if I had expected something like that to happen and had been ready for it, I’m sure both of us would have ended up being sent off.
“There had been a bit of contact between us in the area [before that moment]. He had scored France’s goal in the first half and our coach told me to mark him.
“After that first brush between us, I apologised but he reacted badly. After the third clash, I frowned and he replied, ‘I’ll give you my shirt later’. I replied that I’d rather have his sister than his shirt.”