Tuesday, July 11, 2006

World Cup Drama - Materazzi denies terrorist insult

Updating a previous post's response, Italian defender Materazzi denies the terrorist insult that he was accused at tossing at France's Zinadine Zidane during the 2006 World Cup final on Sunday. Materazzi's response was "It's true, I shot back with an insult." However, WHAT that insult is still remains a mystery. Zidane has stated that he will reveal his side of the story later this week. Meanwhile, the BBC has hired lip readers to fuel the fire. Here's what they found:
  • "BBC Radio Five Live asked for help from a deaf lip reader, Jessica Rees, who read the words phonetically to an Italian translator. She deciphered the insult as being "you're the son of a terrorist whore" - a translation also carried by many national newspapers in Britain on Tuesday. The BBC's Ten O'Clock News also called in experts to study the television footage of the incident and determined the following: Materazzi's first word to Zidane was "no" before he then told him to "calm down". He then accused him of being a "liar" and wished "an ugly death to you and your family" on the day the Frenchman's mother had been taken to hospital ill. This was followed by "Go f*** yourself".

The story will surely unfold over the week and if there were racial slur's uttered by the Italian defender then expect footballs governing body, FIFA, to react.

BBC-Materazzi denies terrorist insult

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