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Referee Opens Up About Zidane's Headbutt In World Cup Final

The referee who sent off Zinedine Zidane in the 2006 World Cup final has shared his side of the story on the famous headbutting incident involving the former Real Madrid star.

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Zidane is largely regarded as one of the greatest players to have ever played the game.

However, the midfielder's career ended on a sour note when he was sent off for headbutting Italy defender Marco Materazzi. 

Argentine official Horacio Elizondo was the referee in charge on that day and he revealed he and his assistants did not see the actual incident.

"At one moment I saw Materazzi lying on the floor, about thirty or forty metres away, and so I stopped the game. Swiftly, through our intercoms, I asked my assistants what happened. Surprisingly, both of them replied to me, 'we saw absolutely nothing'", Elizondo was quoted as saying by AS.

Elizondo then reveal it the fourth official, Luis Medina Cantalejo, who informed of the incident.
 
"Dreadful, Zidane's headbutt on Materazzi was dreadful... F***! Zidane headbutted Materazzi. When you see the video you will not believe me," the fourth official said to Elizondo.
 
Elinzondo add, "When I went across to the scene of the crime I already had this information and knew that I was going to send Zidane off."
 

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