Tuesday, July 11, 2006

"Son of a Terrorist Whore"?

The Great Zidane was obviously provoked and the British press is on the trail to find out exactly what was said to him:
The Times enlisted the help of an expert lip reader, Jessica Rees, to determine the precise nature of the dialogue that caused Zidane to react in such a manner.

After an exhaustive study of the match video, and with the help of an Italian translator, Rees claimed that Materazzi called Zidane “the son of a terrorist whore” before adding “so just f*** off” for good measure, supporting the natural assumption that the Frenchman must have been grievously insulted.

As the son of two Algerian immigrants, the 34-year-old is proud of his North African roots, dedicating France’s 1998 World Cup win to “all Algerians who are proud of their flag and all those who have made sacrifices for their family but who have never abandoned their own culture”, so such a slur would certainly explain, if not justify, his violent response.

1 comment:

arrScott said...

"Explain, if not justify, his violent response"? How very European of the Times. If that's what Materazzi really said, how are those not fighting words? Maybe Zidane's violent response wasn't strictly necessary, or perhaps very smart in the particular circumstances, but it was certainly justified.