Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Zidane headbutted Materazzi

This was the first time I watched and followed the world cup. I didn't understand why people "workship" Zidane so much, but after a while I realised that the French relied on him a lot to win the games.

In the final France Vs Italy, we were in the music festival, watching from a giant screen. When Zidane headbutted Materazzi, everybody was shocked and asked why he did that.

I think he deserved the red card for his action. However, should Materazzi be left out by insulting him? Should Materazzi still be considered a hero, if his winning came from using dirty trick? For me, Materazzi is not better than Zidane in this game.

I always thought that sport is not all about winning but it involves sportmanship. I think I'm wrong. Afterall, winning is the most important thing and you can use whatever tools/tactics to gain it. Many people commented that this is just pure "word exchange" and is "very common" in football, where Zidane lost by stepping into the trap set by the Italians.

I didn't know that football is that dirty. When I watched badminton, if the party who lost throw their racket away, he or she is considered "not gentleman". It seems that in football it's 1000 times worst!

What can Zidane do actually in that situation? Can he complaint to FIFA after? FIFA must be very busy with all these complaints if these kinds of insults are common in football games.

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