Zidane: I’ll never apologise to Inter Milan’s Materazzi

French legend Zinedine Zidane has no regrets over his infamous headbutt on Italy defender Marco Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup final.
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French legend Zinedine Zidane has no regrets over his infamous headbutt on Italy defender Marco Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup final.

Zidane was sent off as France lost to Italy on penalties in the last match of his otherwise glorious career.

He said: “Nothing changes, but I forgive everyone, not him though. Never, never… It would be a dishonour to myself. I would rather die.

“I don't blame myself for what happened, but if I say sorry it would be admitting that what Materazzi did was normal.

“He insulted me and he insulted my mother, who was ill, more than once and I didn't respond. But then, I did it.

“If he were a decent guy, a good lad like Kaka for instance then I would have apologised, but not this.”

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