Now the truth is told. Materazzi did not want Zidane's jersey, the one that he kept tugging, and one that Zidane offered. Zidane walked into this one. He was asking to be hurt. And Materazzi, having seen his share of sweaty jerseys, declined the offer and came up with one of his own. He preferred Zidane's sister.
Materazzi is not a bad looking guy and Zidane's sister might be easy on the eye too (I have not seen her but with Zidane's decent looking mug, good looks might run in their family), and in some other circumstances, they might have made an attractive couple. But seriously, the World Cup final is no place to ask for a date. Bad move on Materazzi's part. However, Zidane could have just politely rejected Materazzi's overtures to his sister.
More interestingly is that Materazzi's revelation takes the sting away from the French public's reaction to the whole headbutt affair. Many French fans although supportive of Zidane's action, might now be wondering why this was such a big deal. Even I thought this was a much bigger deal, even expressing that Materazzi was getting away with racial epithets.
Materazzi obviously calculated statement before this very important game, might have the French fans reconsider that lightning strike down the accursed Azzurris, focusing on the game, and not so much the freakshow that this became during the World Cup. This game is very important to both, as Italy have been struggling under new coach Robert Donadoni, and eked out a draw against Lithuania. France is looking to cement its place as the best European team in the post Zidane era.