It was imagined to be the swansong of one in all soccer’s biggest ever gamers – however the 2006 World Cup ultimate ended up taking probably the most unpredictable twist.
As France’s conflict towards Italy meandered in direction of a penalty shootout, referee Horacio Elinzondo was alerted to an incident off the ball.
Italy defender Marco Materazzi was left in a heap with Les Bleus talisman Zinedine Zidane trying sheepish.
As TV replays revealed why Materazzi was on the ground, the watching world was shocked to see that Zidane had misplaced his mood and headbutted his opponent after the pair bought into an argument.
This was earlier than the times of VAR so Zidane may need bought away with it on one other night time, nonetheless, one of many linesmen noticed the entire thing unfold.
After being defined what had occurred, Elizondo was left with no selection however to ship Zidane off. The French icon’s World Cup ultimate was over and his profession ending in shame.
Italy didn’t profit from the person benefit for the ultimate ten minutes of extra-time however would beat France on penalties in Berlin.
Zidane was blamed by some for France’s defeat however former teammate Mikael Silvestre revealed there was no unhealthy blood within the dressing room.
“He was already within the dressing room earlier than us and he took his bathe so he apologised,” Silverstre informed talkSPORT.
“I didn’t know why he was apologising. It was solely once I went to the media that I noticed the replay of the headbutt and I believed ‘wow, wow, wow, okay.’
“However what are you able to say? You’re not going to inform off God!
“He was very introverted however it’s a must to realise earlier than that incident he had already collected ten purple playing cards in his profession.
“There have been instances the place he’d lose it however someday quite a lot of geniuses lose their head.”
You possibly can hear extra from Mikael Silvestre on My Unsung Hero, a brand new sequence with Chelcee Grimes, tonight at 9.30pm on talkSPORT.