FIFA has opened its investigation into affaire le coup de boule. Zidane has been asked to submit a written statement by the 18th of July to FIFA and a copy given to Materazzi for his response. Meanwhile, Zidane through his press statements expressing contrition over the incident has been hailed by the French media. Most of FRance has forgiven Zizou and Jacques Chirac has seen an uptick in his favorability ratings with his support of Zizou.
Even his harshest critics, the sports daily L'Equipe that had lashed out at Zizou asking how he could explain his act to the millions of children all over the world, turned conciliatory in their coverage.