Re: World Cup Discussion Thread
There's a lot of reported/rumours/lipreading experts commentary going on about what Materazzi said to Zidane. In any event it is clear that Materazzi has said something derogatory (more than likely about a female member of Zidane's family) and Zidane has reacted in a way that was neither within the laws of the game nor in manner comensurate with his status in football. However, I am sure no one would condone any "trash talking" that was racists or derogatory about someone other than the players involved. Indeed it would run in the face of the FIFA edict (although many things would seem to have done so during this world cup). I mean if FIFA was serious about stamping out racism in the sport, rather than getting the players to read out a pithy speech before a game and posing for a photo, if Materazzi were found to have abused Zidane or his family racially then he too should face the consequences.