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Why Zidane Head-Butted

This may well be old news to many of you, but it’s the first I’ve seen of a plausible explanation for why Zinedine Zidane head-butted Marco Materazzi. According to this British TV interview (via YouTube) with Alex Hayes of the French newspaper L’Equipe, Materazzi happened to call Zidane’s mother a whore on the very day she’d been taken to the hospital gravely ill. Hayes also said that Materazzi’s presumed insult/s probably weren’t racial, and that even if they were, that’s the kind of thing Zidane (and, I’m guessing, any non-white soccer player in Europe) is very accustomed to hearing.