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

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

By SL International - Jul 22, 2018 04:29 PM

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.

Read: Soccer Laduma's World Cup Team Of The Tournament

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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kalmeast Joined: 31 Jul 2017
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kalmeast Jul 24, 2018 06:38 AM
I think Zidane should have waited after the game. after the win, just when Materazzi receives his silver medal...zidane goes out to headbutt him then. that'd be a win win for zizou. zidane lost the moment he fell for the taunt.
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Obriegas Joined: 16 Jul 2011
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Obriegas Jul 23, 2018 05:22 AM
@Don4khosi but materazzi already spoke out about this very same incident, some years ago, even apologized to Zidane for having said what he said to him, he even wrote a book about it. Make research
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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Jul 23, 2018 03:04 AM
And that headburt coz France the world cup
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LeCowhlohlo Jul 23, 2018 01:58 AM
If you never watch this guy doing the wizzards on field of play you didn't enjoy to watch football. The guy he was marvel to watch.
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Don4khosi Joined: 18 Feb 2011
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Don4khosi Jul 22, 2018 09:57 PM
He was angry. Materazzi must come clean by explainikng why he was head butted.
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thabisoharmans Jul 22, 2018 08:25 PM
@MTLALPULA YES,I AM EAGER TO HEAR ZIDANE SIDE OF HIS STORY ABOUT THAT INCIDENG.
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thabisoharmans Jul 22, 2018 08:21 PM
That Was Such A Disapointing To Se Such A Big Player Like Zidane Doing That.
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Myaka weliPhefeni Jul 22, 2018 07:43 PM
Zidane was not a rude player and i m sure this guy said sumthing to him
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teekay4sundowns Jul 22, 2018 07:24 PM
zizou retired the best beside the incident..he is the legend of football
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MTLALPULA Jul 22, 2018 07:00 PM
I THINK ONE DAY ZIDANE WILL CONFESS ABOUT WHAT LEAD THIM TO HEADBUTT THAT GUY
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umdlalo Jul 22, 2018 06:59 PM
He insulted his mother, sister and was islamophobic.Hence the bud head!
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laqwela Joined: 21 Jul 2017
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laqwela Jul 22, 2018 06:26 PM
We heard Zizou's side of the story long time ago
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WinzaMan1 Joined: 30 May 2018
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WinzaMan1 Jul 22, 2018 06:00 PM
And Zizous side of the story?he wouldn't jst headbutt him jst like that
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JamieM Joined: 14 Feb 2014
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JamieM Jul 22, 2018 05:50 PM
Zidane nearly got away with it. It was the first time I saw such heard butting. Materazzi might have said something very annoying to him.

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