Zidane regrets headbutting Materazzi

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Berlin, GERMANY: A photo taken 09 July 2006 shows French midfielder Zinedine Zidane (L) gesturing after head-butting Italian defender Marco Materazzi during the World Cup 2006 final football match between Italy and France at Berlin?s Olympic Stadium. AFP PHOTO JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Former French great and current coach of European champions Real Madrid regrets headbutting Italian player Marco Materazzi in the final of FIFA World Cup back in 2006 which saw Zidane being sent off.

Talking about Racism during a private event in Mumbai, which is a stigma that still haunts France along with terrorism, Zidane said that it is a minority issue and we will fight to eradicate it till the end. He also openly expressed his disappointment over the headbutting incident in 2006 but he clearly stated that it was his mistake to get provoked which is why he always tells player at Real Madrid not to repeat such a mistake.

“Racism is a minority and we have to fight against it. Yes, it does exist. I have mixed roots and have been provoked only once in my career. We all know how that ended. On the field, the only way to control yourself is to not reply or respond to any provocation. There will always be a player from the opposition who will try and make you do something rash that could see you get sent off.” said Zidane according to DNA India.

“I am not proud about what happened in 2006. That was something that should not have happened. Things could have ended differently. I don’t advise anyone to do that. It’s part of life to make mistakes and learn from them.

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My way of imparting what I have learnt is telling the players back in Madrid not to do what I did,” said Zidane, who was sent off for headbutting Italy’s Marco Materazzi.

Zidane scored a brace against Brazil in the 1998 World Cup final that led his country to their first and only World Cup title to date.

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