|Zidane apologized but felt no regret
[ 2006-07-13 09:06 ]
In this photo
made available by Canal Plus, French soccer star Zinedine Zidane,
poses prior to a television interview, in Paris, Wednesday, July 12,
2006. Zinedine Zidane apologized for his violent conduct during the
World Cup final in Berlin,
An apology, but no regrets and no detailed explanation on what
set him off. That's where
French soccer star Zinedine Zidane left things Wednesday during widely
broadcast television interviews that attempted to decipher his ugly
head-butting of an Italian
opponent during the World Cup final.
He did say he was spurred by
cruel insults to his mother and sister. But the exact exchange between
France's captain and Marco Materazzi remains a mystery. Zidane never was
specific about what enraged him. So, for the moment, the words stay
"I would rather have taken a punch in the jaw than have heard that ,"
he told the Canal-Plus television network, stressing that Materazzi's
language was "very harsh," and that he uttered the insults several times.
In his first public comments since Sunday's match, Zidane repeatedly
apologized to fans, especially to children. But he said he didn't regret
the abrupt, violent outburst that marked the end of his illustrious 18-year professional career.
"I tell myself that if things happened this
way, it's because somewhere up there it was decided that
way ," the 34-year-old midfielder said in an interview on
TF1 television. "And I don't regret anything that happened, I accept it."
Zidane and Materazzi exchanged words after Italy broke up a French
attack in extra-time. Seconds
later, Zidane lowered his head and rammed Materazzi in the chest, knocking
him to the ground.
Zidane was sent off, reducing France to 10 men. Italy went on to win in
a penalty shootout with Zidane
in the locker room.
The act of aggression marred the end of the World Cup, with many
warning it would tarnish the legacy of Zidane, who retired after the
Wednesday, he stressed he felt no regret "because that would mean
(Materazzi) was right to say all that."
"There was a serious provocation," Zidane said. "My act is not
forgivable. But they must also punish the true guilty party, and the
guilty party is the one who provokes."
set him off : 让他暴怒
if things happened this way, it's
because somewhere up there it was decided that way: