From the Daily Mail:
Football was awash with competing theories, but with the help of an expert lip reader Sportsmail can reveal what triggered Zidane’s attack.
Speaking in Italian, Materazzi grabbed his opponent as the ball ran away from them and told him: “Hold on, wait, that one’s not for *****(dregs) like you.”
Zidane’s response was not visible, but as the players walked forward Materazzi said: “We all know you are the son of a terrorist whore.” Just before the butt, he was seen saying: “So just f*** off.”
Our lip-reader, who is employed in court cases as an expert witness, can understand foreign languages phonetically and the translatation was made with the aid of an Italian interpreter whose transcript supports Zidane’s claim that Materazzi had made a ‘very serious’ comment.
Zidane still had the support of his defeated team-mates, however, and Chelsea’s William Gallas said: “The Italians did everything they could to provoke Zidane. I can accept when the opposition wins nobly, but not this way. It’s cheating, but that’s the Italians. I want to smash Materazzi’s face.”
Last night the Italian offered a different version of events.
Materazzi: I didn’t call him a terrorist
Materazzi admitted that he tweaked the France captain’s nipple as they clashed in extra time. After which, it is alleged Zidane responded: “If you want my shirt so much, you can f****** have it after the game.”
The Italian said that he then replied: “I’d rather have the shirt off your woman,” a supposed reference to the Frenchman’s wife Veronique.
Materazzi’s agent Phil Smith said: “There was no way Marco meant to cause such a reaction.
“It was just a typical innocuous football insult commonplace in every game. Marco is adamant he didn’t call Zidane a terrorist.
“They know each other well from games between Juventus and Inter Milan and Marco just wouldn’t want to wind up Zidane to the extent of getting him sent off.”
Materazzi, 32, told Gazetta dello Sport: “I held his shirt for a few seconds only, then he turned to me and talked to me, jeering.
“He looked at me with a huge arrogance and said, ‘If you really want my shirt I’ll give it to you afterwards’. I replied with an insult, that’s true.”
Materazzi has not elaborated but he has denied, however, some of the more vile insults referring to his wife or sister or calling him a terrorist.
“It was one of those insults you’re told dozens of times and that you often let fall on a pitch,” Materazzi said.
“I did not call him a terrorist. I am not a cultured person and I don’t even know what as Islamist terrorist is.”
He added: “For me the mother is sacred, you know that.”
Right. Materazzi plays for AC Milan, not exactly a club in a city in the back of beyond. The club’s owner, Silvio Berlusconi as Italy’s PM was responsible for sending troops to Iraq to support the “war against terrorism’. I am sure while Materazzi was playing for AC, the name Abu Musaib Al-Zarqawi must have cropped up a thousand times, in the Italian press, and described as an Islamist terrorist ad nauseum. The Italians after the US and the Brits have suffered the most losses and injuries in Iraq. The war in Iraq was a huge deal and was responsible for Berlusconi losing the elections.
Materazzi’s statements set himself up as the victim. The country bumpkin who knows nothing and plays in a national team that has no other player of a different color or religion. What does he know? Yes, and he is Italian and a mamma’s boy, so why should he insult Zizou’s mother? You know that they are sacred.
Yes, the Italians played good soccer. But the first thing that the Italians should do is to go to their mothers and dedicate this World Cup to them. They dived, they flopped, they pandered, they cajoled, they tantrummed, they threatened, and they insulted players, all in mamma’s name.
If Materazzi is found guilty of racism, he should be barred from playing soccer in the Serie or any other league for a year. No fine or match suspensions will be enough. We can expect this sort of behavior from the knucklehead fans in La Liga, the Serie, the French League, or the Bundesliga but to expect it from a fellow player is unforgiveable.
From the Daily Mail: