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reverse_swing
July 12, 2006, 01:07 PM
Zinedine Zidane has apologised for the headbutt on Italy's Marco Materazzi which earned him a red card in Sunday's World Cup final penalty shoot-out loss. But the France legend did not reveal what Materazzi said, only confirming that it was "very personal and concerned his mother and his sister".
In a French TV interview, Zidane, 34, said: "I want to ask for forgiveness from all the children who watched that.

More to follow from BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2006/5169342.stm)

Tigers_eye
July 12, 2006, 01:13 PM
Damage control. Wish him the best of retirements.

mac
July 12, 2006, 01:18 PM
I always have respect for my favourite player ever. Even after that event.:up:

mac
July 12, 2006, 01:20 PM
Feeling good to be a club cricketer.:flag:

Bancan
July 12, 2006, 02:05 PM
"I want to apologise to them but I can't regret what I did because it would mean that he (Materazzi) was right to say what he said."

Tigers_eye
July 12, 2006, 03:02 PM
He is like a kid. If someone says something bad about my mother, my mother becomes bad just because that person said so? Can't regret what i did??? Pure childish and still taking it too personal. Since you are not going to say what he said then just let it go, forgive and move on.

Carte Blanche
July 12, 2006, 03:32 PM
"Above all it was a very serious provocation. It was an inexcusable gesture but the real culprit is the person who provoked it.

"Do you imagine that in a World Cup final like that with just 10 minutes to go to the end of my career, I am going to do something like that because it gives me pleasure?"

Cheers! We'll still love you for the great memories.

akabir77
July 12, 2006, 03:37 PM
what the hell people read this from daily star and then think whether he should have apologised or not...

French 'blacks and Islamists'
http://thedailystar.net/2006/07/13/d60713042052.htm

AsifTheManRahman
July 12, 2006, 03:47 PM
He resigned as minister in February after he was criticised for wearing a T-shirt lampooning the Prophet Mohammed, sparking deadly anti-Italian riots in Libya.


he's a mad politician, a racist who does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the italian soccer team. how does what he says or does relate to what happened in Berlin the other night?

akabir77
July 12, 2006, 03:56 PM
cause he gets elected....so who ever votes for him surely thinks like him...

AsifTheManRahman
July 12, 2006, 04:09 PM
cause he gets elected....so who ever votes for him surely thinks like him...

that's a lame argument.

while the comments and deeds of the minister are by no means acceptable, and he deserves to burn in hell, it has no association to the Berlin incident. Zidane owes an apology to Materazzi, and vice versa, even if both feel it's just for the heck of it.

a lot of what zidane said does not apply to a sportsman at the top level. while i do understand his sentiments rooting from his mother getting admitted to the hospital, he is a representative of his people and an idol to many, and he shouldn't have gone physical. I think he said something like "I am a man first...and there are things that I can't control myself after hearing...I'd rather take a blow in the face than hear something like that..." arey baap etoi jodi kharap kisu bole thake taile why dont you tell us what he said already? and besides, why does he care what someone else has to say about his family? it doesn't seem like matterazi's comments were anything that footballers don't have to swallow everyday on the pitch...and by not apologising, both of them are setting bad examples.

Carte Blanche
July 12, 2006, 04:09 PM
cause he gets elected....so who ever votes for him surely thinks like him...

52% Americans are retarded, inarticulate and can't pronounce nuclear.

Carte Blanche
July 12, 2006, 04:23 PM
that's a lame argument.

while the comments and deeds of the minister are by no means acceptable, and he deserves to burn in hell, it has no association to the Berlin incident. Zidane owes an apology to Materazzi, and vice versa, even if both feel it's just for the heck of it.

a lot of what zidane said does not apply to a sportsman at the top level. while i do understand his sentiments rooting from his mother getting admitted to the hospital, he is a representative of his people and an idol to many, and he shouldn't have gone physical. I think he said something like "I am a man first...and there are things that I can't control myself after hearing...I'd rather take a blow in the face than hear something like that..." arey baap etoi jodi kharap kisu bole thake taile why dont you tell us what he said already? and besides, why does he care what someone else has to say about his family? it doesn't seem like matterazi's comments were anything that footballers don't have to swallow everyday on the pitch...and by not apologising, both of them are setting bad examples.
He has no reason to apologize to Materazzi. He owed an apology to his countrymen, fans, the sport and he did just that. As for why he isn't revealing the exact details, it will probably remain a mystery forever and find a place in most football history books. Both parties are reluctant to reveal the details. May be because it's in extremely poor taste?

Besides, we already have a decent idea of the details of the exchange. I know lipreadings aren't fullproof or reliable as evidence, but people underestimate expert lipreaders. An ex of mine was deaf and she could reproduce anything I spoke with an astounding level of accuracy. She rarely even needed teletext for the TV. Anyway, several british newspapers have asked for expert opinions on this and the results have been exactly the same. I don't know if any of you are regulars at the fbtz forum, but Brazilian members there have claimed that the Globo TV Channel there has been running a gag all world cup long with deaf children reading players'/officials'/crowd's lips. Their accuracy level has been near perfect too. When the kids were given the task of reading Materazzi, all 3 of them returned the exact same result. Obviously the children have no knowledge of Italian. The translation is in perfect sync with Zidane's claimed family/race insults. I have no link to this right now, but some people will soon post the video on Youtube.

ps: Materazzi claims he doesn't even know what an Islamist terrorist is. In today's world that's like saying an Italian doesn't know what pasta is. It is possible that they are both lying. But even then, Marco isn't being a smart liar.

Sovik
July 12, 2006, 06:03 PM
This incident should be investigated properly. now few people asking to take away the golden ball from him, and what difference that would make. Materazzi sure said something insulting & he should be punished

AsifTheManRahman
July 12, 2006, 06:38 PM
taking this and that away from this and that will not solve anything. that's why the whole issue could've been avoided if zidane had either kept shut or reacted with another insult just to get even.

Bancan
July 12, 2006, 07:03 PM
taking this and that away from this and that will not solve anything. that's why the whole issue could've been avoided if zidane had either kept shut or reacted with another insult just to get even.

i wish that was possible.

SMHasan
July 12, 2006, 08:54 PM
He is like a kid. If someone says something bad about my mother, my mother becomes bad just because that person said so? Can't regret what i did??? Pure childish and still taking it too personal. Since you are not going to say what he said then just let it go, forgive and move on.

Do you know Zidane's background? His origin is Algeria and his family moved to France from there. Zidane has been passing his early days in one of the poorest places of France where people are poor, unemployment rate is very high. Throughout his career he has been suffering from these kind of 'sledging' and sometimes he was reactive again sometimes he was very much silent. Now the main thing is Materazzi said somehting about his origin, his mother and his sister thats why Zidane was so angered on Mr Materazzi.

Just imagine you are a true bangladeshi but people always keep telling you are from a corrupted country, you are a betrayer, you are corrupted, if they call you thief- how you will feel? Just consider yourself in place of Zizu! You can tolerate this once or twice but if you are treated like this again and again then? Your anger explodes. Something serious happens. Moreover, football is a crazy game where players are always in the serious mood. They might loose their temper its not surprising. Although I do not support what Zidane did on sunday.

C_E, if you don't like him then please dont make any weired comment on this great player. Because it hurts people. He is an artist a true football artist.

al Furqaan
July 12, 2006, 09:15 PM
first off trash talking is a part of sports...however there is some stuff that should not be said. its fine for flintoff to call rafique a 'fish eating turd' and rafique to respond with 'call me that again, and i'll kick our arse till it turns from white to red to blue'...but there are some things that both guys could say to each other that would be over the top.

regardless of what was said Zidane did wrong. now, of course, my opinion of him has increased since that incident, but what he did was wrong.

now i dont know what was said, but if it was said to you can you gurantee that you would just walk away and finish the game. if not, then you shouldnt criticize Zidane beyond saying head butting is unjustifiably wrong.

akabir77
July 12, 2006, 09:26 PM
ATMR
Lame or not that's the truth.... Have u ever saw a hasina follower thinking like a khleda or vise versa???I havn't
And CB
Its true 52% percent is like that in usa

ialbd
July 12, 2006, 10:38 PM
No wonder he apologised to the children. All my little cousins here in BD now consider Zidane to be the headbutt king (its like the kids are headbutting each other and making fun of zizou). I guess thats not how Zidane wants the next generation to remember him.
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CricFanBD
July 13, 2006, 12:05 AM
C_E, if you don't like him then please dont make any weired comment on this great player. Because it hurts people. He is an artist a true football artist.

Honestly speaking, I always try my best to omit all C_E’s writings when I enter in the forum; his opinion is very harsh and very much biased.

But anyway, anybody can express their feelings about what they like.

Tigers_eye
July 13, 2006, 08:44 AM
Do you know Zidane's background? His origin is Algeria and his family moved to France from there. Zidane has been passing his early days in one of the poorest places of France where people are poor, unemployment rate is very high. Throughout his career he has been suffering from these kind of 'sledging' and sometimes he was reactive again sometimes he was very much silent. Now the main thing is Materazzi said somehting about his origin, his mother and his sister thats why Zidane was so angered on Mr Materazzi.

Just imagine you are a true bangladeshi but people always keep telling you are from a corrupted country, you are a betrayer, you are corrupted, if they call you thief- how you will feel? Just consider yourself in place of Zizu! You can tolerate this once or twice but if you are treated like this again and again then? Your anger explodes. Something serious happens. Moreover, football is a crazy game where players are always in the serious mood. They might loose their temper its not surprising. Although I do not support what Zidane did on sunday.

C_E, if you don't like him then please dont make any weired comment on this great player. Because it hurts people. He is an artist a true football artist.

My dear friend,
To forgive one must have heart and one must be in control of the situation. This only makes that person (who forgives) better than the person who is being forgiven. Zidane had the chance to forgive. But he did not have the heart to forgive to justify his act. No matter what was said noone in sane mind can justify the headbutt in the match.

Zinane is not the only one who came out of a slum or a poor family. He is not the only one who is subjected to the slurs. Yet he is the one who cannot keep it cool in crucial moments.

My comment on childishness is wierd to you, fine. But he is acting like a child and holding on to the grudge. Our beloved prophet (PBUH) was called all sorts of things. worst of the worst things that can be said. How did he react? Managing anger is a virtue. The sooner Zidane learns that the better for him. Mercy!!

Rabz
July 13, 2006, 09:17 AM
Zidane's apology is nothing but a routine work.. he knew he'd hv to do that after the incident.. no matter what he does, he will get away with it..atleast fm the French..and thats what matters the most to him i guess...

Fazal
July 13, 2006, 01:43 PM
Before the World Cup I didn't even know who this Zidane guy is. Looks like he is another polarized figure in sports: either love him or hate him.... but no in between.

Bhayeera Amar ....Please continue bickering each other by showing uncompromising hate or love for him.. I love it.... I love it !!!!

Rubu
July 13, 2006, 01:48 PM
I'm in between!

I like him, but don't think he is at the level of Pele or something. But you have to admit France has been a one man show and thats Zidane.

Zunaid
July 13, 2006, 03:11 PM
Don't forget Thieri Henri.

abdulw11
July 13, 2006, 03:32 PM
Before the World Cup I didn't even know who this Zidane guy is.

:lol:

You're kidding...right? :o

akabir77
July 13, 2006, 05:42 PM
king of head butt- zidane
King of Hand goal - Maradona..
No wonder why there r so many brazil fans.. fair play winners...

Carte Blanche
July 13, 2006, 06:00 PM
king of head butt- zidane
King of Hand goal - Maradona..
No wonder why there r so many brazil fans.. fair play winners...

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kthxbye

SMHasan
July 13, 2006, 08:40 PM
Before the World Cup I didn't even know who this Zidane guy is. Looks like he is another polarized figure in sports: either love him or hate him.... but no in between.

Bhayeera Amar ....Please continue bickering each other by showing uncompromising hate or love for him.. I love it.... I love it !!!!

Faizlami korar ar jaiga nai, na? Have you seen him playing 1998 WC? Euro 2000? Champions league? And then in this WC? What made pele or maradona great? They won the world, true. I will say Zidane won the world too. Did u see his skills? The art of deceiving the players? Just look at closely, then u will see.

I did have no chance to watch pele or maradona playing so Zidane is the best footballer to me. No doubt.

mhferdaus
July 13, 2006, 09:32 PM
first off trash talking is a part of sports...however there is some stuff that should not be said. its fine for flintoff to call rafique a 'fish eating turd' and rafique to respond with 'call me that again, and i'll kick our arse till it turns from white to red to blue'...but there are some things that both guys could say to each other that would be over the top.

regardless of what was said Zidane did wrong. now, of course, my opinion of him has increased since that incident, but what he did was wrong.

now i dont know what was said, but if it was said to you can you gurantee that you would just walk away and finish the game. if not, then you shouldnt criticize Zidane beyond saying head butting is unjustifiably wrong.

if it were american football then trash talking and trash playing might have been acceptable, but to the 3 billion viewers of this great sport, this type of behaviour is pure abominational, and thus must be put to an end ...

CricFanBD
July 14, 2006, 12:03 AM
Before the World Cup I didn't even know who this Zidane guy is. Looks like he is another polarized figure in sports: either love him or hate him.... but no in between.

Bhayeera Amar ....Please continue bickering each other by showing uncompromising hate or love for him.. I love it.... I love it !!!!
Probably you are not watching international football for long time since 1998....Otherwise there is no explanation about your comment (?) to myself.

If you want to just only humiliate a great player or want to hurt someone’s feelings you have the right to do that without mentioning any humpty dumpy.

Carte Blanche
July 14, 2006, 06:48 AM
He was clearly being sarcastic (not clear to all, apparently). Our Fazal Miyah is world famous in BC for his brand of humour ;)

Fazal
July 14, 2006, 10:02 AM
:lol:

You're kidding...right? :o

No not kidding.... I really don't care much about soccer any more for a while. Too many sports to follow now a days (for me).... football, basketball, cricket, baseball, ice hockey.... lit bit of MLS.

As a matter of fact in the world cup, I wached 2 full game and half a dozen partial game including the final. I was fall asleep in the 2nd half. Only woke-up before the penalty shoot. Missed the head butting incident live.

Fazal
July 14, 2006, 10:18 AM
Probably you are not watching international football for long time since 1998....Otherwise there is no explanation about your comment (?) to myself.


My comment has little to do with "how much I am watching international football". Its more based on whats going on in this thread (and some other threads) about the members divided into two groups: the lovers and the haters. And I am enjoying that.

take a deep breath ...drink a glass of ice cold water and reread my comments and then read this whole thread. I think, things will be much more clear including about my comments.:)

Fazal
July 14, 2006, 10:25 AM
Faizlami korar ar jaiga nai, na? Have you seen him playing 1998 WC? Euro 2000? Champions league? And then in this WC? What made pele or maradona great? They won the world, true. I will say Zidane won the world too. Did u see his skills? The art of deceiving the players? Just look at closely, then u will see.

I did have no chance to watch pele or maradona playing so Zidane is the best footballer to me. No doubt.

Looks like Faizlami korar aroo Jaiga Ache....and you proved that... otherwise without wacthing Pele or Maradona how someone can declare Zidane is the best amoung the three?:lol:

cricket_pagol
July 16, 2006, 12:21 AM
Perspectives on Zidane Head Butt

As seen by the Germans :
http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/3557/image001ge4.gif (http://imageshack.us)

As seen by the French :
http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/7672/image002oy9.gif (http://imageshack.us)
As seen by the Italians :
http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/7520/image003nu1.gif (http://imageshack.us)
As seen by the Americans :
http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/7382/image004gz0.gif (http://imageshack.us)

cricket_pagol
July 16, 2006, 12:30 AM
As reported by the press :
http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/9686/image005sh3.gif (http://imageshack.us)

Hatebreed
July 16, 2006, 08:15 AM
hahahahahaha.... lmfao... thanx cricket_pagol, these animations are great! :lol:

Rabz
July 17, 2006, 12:35 AM
ha ha ha. cricpagol.. some mad anime..
lmfao

Battyboy
August 7, 2006, 08:24 AM
As reported by the press :
http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/9686/image005sh3.gif (http://imageshack.us)


thats funny did he aploligize????

Battyboy
August 7, 2006, 08:24 AM
As reported by the press :
http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/9686/image005sh3.gif (http://imageshack.us)


thats funny did he aploligize????

Alien
August 7, 2006, 08:51 PM
a lot of what zidane said does not apply to a sportsman at the top level. while i do understand his sentiments rooting from his mother getting admitted to the hospital, he is a representative of his people and an idol to many, and he shouldn't have gone physical. I think he said something like "I am a man first...and there are things that I can't control myself after hearing...I'd rather take a blow in the face than hear something like that..." arey baap etoi jodi kharap kisu bole thake taile why dont you tell us what he said already? and besides, why does he care what someone else has to say about his family? it doesn't seem like matterazi's comments were anything that footballers don't have to swallow everyday on the pitch...and by not apologising, both of them are setting bad examples.

I cant agree on the fact that he shouldnt have gone physical. Its easy for you to say that watching the game from your couch and say "Hey, why did you have to mess up the game"

I already feel intense hatred and anger against matarazzi for what he said. Lets cut the sportsman/gentleman ethics crap for once. A headbutt doesnt consolidate what Matarazzi did, I hope some mullah declares fatwa on him like they did on Rushdie so he never shows his face in world football again.

Mr-Cricket
August 7, 2006, 10:16 PM
Managing anger is a virtue.
I cant agree on the fact that he shouldnt have gone physical. Its easy for you to say that watching the game from your couch and say "Hey, why did you have to mess up the game"

I already feel intense hatred and anger against matarazzi for what he said. Lets cut the sportsman/gentleman ethics crap for once. A headbutt doesnt consolidate what Matarazzi did, I hope some mullah declares fatwa on him like they did on Rushdie so he never shows his face in world football again.
There is a time and a place for retaliation but unfortunately the Olympiastadion on July 10th was not it. Had Zidane chosen to withold his emotions Matarazzi would have faced much sterner consequences as a result of the subsequent FIFA Investigations. Zidane couldn't do so because he was weak. This issue has been argued to it's death. Most people have moved on. Frankly, the extremist views you are taking on some matters is quite disturbing. Easy now, don't kill me. :)