Since Sunday evening the whole world has been debating what Italian defender Marco Materazzi said to Zinedine Zidane to make the retiring Frenchman react in the way he did. The French captain, in his last ever professional game, thrust his head into Materazzi's chest in Sunday's World Cup Final resulting in a red card and shame for Zidane. Today, with the help of Italian lip-reader Arturo Belladini, I can reveal what drove Zidane to self destruct. Materazzi is seen to hold Zidane's shirt on the edge of the penalty box in extra-time at which point Zidane says "If you want my shirt so bad you can have it." Materazzi responded "I don't want your shirt, you m***** f*****! You're a f****** old man." As they jog away Zidane is seen to laugh at this and it is unclear how he responds due to him having his back to the TV camera. Materazzi then hurls a volley of abuse. "You should've quit two years ago, you're a f****** has-been! M***** f*****! Your mum is a f****** Muslim terrorist and you are too! F*** you, old man! F*** you, old man! This arena is not for you anymore, m***** f****! Your sister is a whore and the whole Italian team has f***** her! F*** off, you bald c**t!" Zidane carries on jogging away.
Then Materazzi says "You are only good enough for Spurs."
It is at this point that Zidane turns and head-butts him.
Well, it made me laugh.