Stop au racisme


On 12 July there’s the start of the tenth antiracist world show in the Enza di Montecchio park in the province of Reggio Emilia. The teams taking part are made up of ultras from all over Europe. Finally they can get rid of some energy on the field. They are people from outside Europe and from European youth associations. The organisers haven’t overlooked any detail. They have decided to invite a French football team to the tournament. A team that is rigorously made of whites who are Catholics. It is well known that French racism has now gone beyond all limits. Ribery, one of the few white players, even born in the North of France at Boulogne sur Mer, had to convert to the Islamic faith to get into the team. And even though he did this he was called off the field to the sidelines during the final.

The vision of tens of thousands of white French people in the stands in Berlin’s stadium with emblems and flags and to have a chance of winning, obliged to support an African team is not to be qualified. The Afro-French mafia controls the French national team having conquered the banlieue.

But the French celebrated the defeat of their new masters. So as to avoid risk, they did it in private. In their homes and in their bistros closed for holiday. So that French children can play football, some pharmaceutical companies are about to launch a product that is dark pigment with a permanent effect.

But there’s always one who will not give in in the name of grandeur. The French Minister of the interior, Nicolas Sarkozy, has in fact proposed to expel the scholars who are offspring of undocumented immigrants at the end of the school year. And Chirac, who yesterday after the defeat was celebrating in silence, has stated: “To obtain the French nationality is a fundamental act, and above all an action that needs commitment.” It’s a commitment above all to win in the name of France. That’s enough with racism in France. Sport is to be reassigned to the Aryan race.

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"You are all biased!
France deserved the final! And what Gallas said is true! Did you already forget Totti's cheating in 2002? And Grosso's dive.
France should have won! Shame on you!"

What??? Compliment for the prediction!!!!
Intanto ve l'abbiamo messo nel cu.lo...
sceee-mo sceee-mo....

Posted by: escargots | August 7, 2007 03:30 PM

You are all biased!
France deserved the final! And what Gallas said is true! Did you already forget Totti's cheating in 2002? And Grosso's dive.

France should have won! Shame on you!

Posted by: Jan Bronsema | February 25, 2007 10:29 PM

Get rid of RIce. She is an idiot.
The countries at the table should just tell her to go home and get on with the job of cleaning the mess in Lebanon and stopping the hostilities.


Posted by: jenny tanguay | July 26, 2006 03:40 PM

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distinti saluti
roberto pibiri
ufficiale elettrico
costa crociere

Posted by: roberto pibiri | July 21, 2006 05:56 PM

I cant believe there are italian people like me who take zidane's side!
Few years ago, when Totti spat at the danish player, he was punished and condemned as a clear example of unfair-play,which I thought it was right,because one should never have that reaction.
Even though the danish player(who couldnt ,of course,speak italian) was tought italian insults to provoke Totti.
But noboby ever wondered what he might have said to him,nobody investigated any further;he spat,he has to be punished.
But why now??I tell you why,because we are italians.We didnt have to win.nobody wanted us to win,and it was even more doubtless when Blatter(who is french-swiss)didnt go to award the prize to the Azzurri.
I dont want to be misunderstood,I think insulting each other only happens on the soccer field,hardly in any other sports.Because soccer in no longer a sport but a show,and that's why i dont really like it in general.
But when it comes to the wrold's not just soccer,it's our nation and whether this is right or wrong,a lot of people re-discover their being italian/frech/german.

This is not about Materazzi or his being a fascist,this doesnt have to do anything whith what happened.( and we also have a lot of players who are completely communists,anything to say to those?)

Anyways,I hope the FIFA doesnt do anything to Marco!
you french people should learn how to be less arrogant!!and yes,zidane ended his career in the worst possible way,and he should be ashamed!!!!

But in the end,one thing matters:that the cup in in Rome!!!!!!
Campioni del mondo!

Posted by: Alessandra D'Angelo | July 15, 2006 11:34 AM

I don't remember that there was an Israeli team in this championship.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | July 14, 2006 04:46 AM

D'accordo, Fabrizio.
The world of sport seems suffused with national chauvinism, sexism, racism, and homophobia, and that's certainly true here in the US, where I live. In the West, it too often becomes a vehicle for expressing the most retrograde tendencies in society. The vile comments of Calderoli are a case in point. And can anyone explain why swastikas were painted on walls in the Jewish quarter of Rome either during or after the game? Were the neo-Nazis just taking advantage of the fact that everyone's attention was on the partita?

Posted by: George De Stefano | July 13, 2006 08:41 PM

Hear! Hear! Viva Fabrizio!

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | July 13, 2006 08:04 PM

First of all, apologies for writing in Italian originally, didn't realise I was posting on the English side of the blog.

Secondly, I really don't care what Zidane did and what he said. Honestly, both he and Materazzi proved to be exactly the kind of people I usually avoid like the plague in life (I am a man, I defended the honour of my women, what the hell is that?). Not to mention Gallas and his ilk...

Even less do I care about the tone on the French, British or any other press. As an Italian, I care about being "represented" by the likes of Materazzi and his fascist tattoos (that's how I interpret his birth date in roman numbers), by the likes of Calderoli (whether I like it or not, he is an elected representative), and so on. That's when I apply my own standards, according to which Materazzi was just as much of a childish thug as Zidane and Gallas. And, whether I like it or not, Materazzi as an Italian was representing me, and I will be forced to hear about it for years to come and I don't like it. I can live with it and will find my own answers, but I do not like it. Simple.

And don't get me started on those journalists who wrote, on il corriere, that France was a team of Africans, or those who objected to a black Miss Italy a few years ago, without much outcry as far as I remember...

Best to all...

Posted by: Fabrizio Scarpa | July 13, 2006 06:48 PM

Still reading this
Article from The Toronto Star:
Zizou: Still a superstar
At least it was a manly act, not a sneak attack
Jul. 12, 2006. 06:49 AM

And can't believe people are so stubborn to believe what this guy wrote!!!!!

Posted by: Andrea Campisano | July 13, 2006 05:25 AM

So MUCH FOR ALL THE BS....He admitted he never got insulted by race or religion from Materazzi. And I even doubt he received insult to his mother, in the end it was the sister and a f.. you with a middle finger..

[link to]

Zidane says Materazzi insulted mother and sister
By Pierre Serisier Wed Jul 12, 2:31 PM ET

PARIS (Reuters) - Zinedine Zidane said on Wednesday that Italian defender Marco Materazzi insulted his mother and his sister during the World Cup final against Italy.


Zidane denied Materazzi called him an Islamic "terrorist," as was reported by a Paris-based anti-racism group.

[link to]

He did say he was spurred by cruel insults to his mother and sister. But the exact exchange between France's captain and Marco Materazzi remains a mystery.

"I didn't say anything to him about racism, religion or politics," Materazzi told the Gazzetta dello Sport. "I didn't talk about his mother, either. I lost my mother when I was 15, and even now I still get emotional talking about her."

Zidane "has always been my hero," Materazzi said. "I admire him a lot."

BAD LOSER FRENCH...not a good show of sports from both you as a nation and your HERO with the vice of headbutt other pleyers.

Posted by: roberto d'angelo | July 13, 2006 05:17 AM

I believe that would be good to have the 2 men talking in private and solving their issue behind closed doors.
This would put an end to a lot of discussion from everybody.

Posted by: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn | July 13, 2006 05:04 AM

See this, from La Repubblica di oggi:

Zidane says Materazzi insulted his mother; Materazzi denies it completely. Meanwhile, Zidane's mother told a British paper she wants Materazzi's "testicles on a platter." She sounds like a brutta cafona to me. And her son seems to think that he was totally justified in what he did on Sunday.

Repubblica today also has a series of photos showing some of Zidane's other less than gentlemanly adventures on the playing field.

Posted by: George De Stefano | July 12, 2006 09:18 PM

Play with this....

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | July 12, 2006 08:54 PM

I hope that a week it will enough for us to say what we have to say even if a lot of us are thinking too much with the heart and not enough with the head.
I personally read the news of the french newspapers like Le Figaro and Le Monde.
Both of them are criticizing Zidane and commenting italian celebrations like something that they deserve. If some french, germans or english are not like this, I think there is enough italians here to show how primitive they can be too.
In every country there is people who goes to stadiums like in the arenas 2000 years ago and like 2000 jears ago, others goes to the theater, to a concert or simply stay at home to read a book instead of watching TV.
Like 2000 years ago, to avoid the boring life of the people the rules are the same : Panem et circenses. Pity that some are looking like dogs and to express their selves they need to piss around to put some marks :-)

Posted by: blisco jajo | July 12, 2006 03:54 PM

This Article from The Toronto Star:
Zizou: Still a superstar
At least it was a manly act, not a sneak attack
Jul. 12, 2006. 06:49 AM

Now that the pop psychologists, kinesiologists and Italian lip readers have had three frenzied days to assess Zinedine Zidane's battering of Marco Materazzi, let's consider the incident calmly.

It wasn't "shameful" or "an ugly end to a great career" or "a shadow over the game" — all descriptions used recently. It was understandable, excusable and, in a bizarre way, admirable.

We know the Italian started it. Materazzi has admitted to goading Zidane. And Materazzi is a man who knows how to get under someone's skin.

Much has been made of Zidane's famous temper — the Saudi he stomped on in the 1998 World Cup, the 14 red cards over a 17-year career.

But whereas Zidane is a superstar with a mean streak, Materazzi is a journeyman known for little else. The Italian's two-footed horror tackles are legendary. He was once suspended for two months for cold-cocking a former teammate in a post-match tunnel brawl. He has been derided by his countrymen as an "animal" and booed the length of Italy.

So what we really had here was the artist and the enforcer trading barbs after a tangle well off the ball.

We may never know exactly what was said. Does it matter? How much would it matter to you if some chirpy goon who'd been tailing you for two hours insulted your mother or your wife or your race? There's also been talk of a tug on Zidane's injured shoulder or a nipple tweak. Whatever it was, it was annoying enough in Zidane's opinion to warrant action.

Zidane could have waited for an opportunity to spike the lanky defender later in the game. He could have faked an injury the next time Materazzi brushed against him in the hopes of getting him sent off. That's what most of today's soccer stars would have done.

Instead, he squared up to him, took one purposeful step and gave him the old "Marseilles handshake." How Materazzi was caught totally off-guard is more curious than why the head-butt was delivered in the first place.

It was inelegant. It was wrong. But it was a far sight more manly than a sneak attack or a kick in the privates. For me, watching infamous divers like Francesco Totti or Thierry Henry step up to give their post-match two cents about Zidane's "madness" was more nauseating than the attack itself.

After he hit Materazzi, Zidane quietly waited to be sent off. When his (perfectly correct) punishment came, he turned and walked away without complaint. Meanwhile, Materazzi thrashed about on the ground as if he'd been beaten with a mallet, rather than knocked on the chest. I know who I thought looked more dignified.

All sports are about aggression. We prefer that aggression controlled. But it will come spilling over now and again. This does not mean that villains have taken over and there is no more good in the world. It means the players are not emotionless cyborgs. Spontaneous outbursts of violence — and we're not talking about malicious attacks meant to cause serious injury — are part of every contact sport.

Also, let's leave the "he let the team down"' angle out. Zidane speared Materazzi 110 minutes into a 120-minute contest. Ten men can defend just as easily as 11 for 10 minutes. Zidane was injured. He'd also nearly missed a penalty early in the game, so it's not clear if he felt confident enough to take one during the shootout. The game came down to steel and luck. Italy's penalty shooters had more of both. Zidane's presence wouldn't have changed that.

Zidane could have calculated all these factors in that instant between hearing the jibe and launching himself at Materazzi. After all, few players ever made decisions more quickly on the pitch.

We don't know how it happened. Zidane has chosen not to explain himself yet. Frankly, he doesn't need to.

He walks into history rightly regarded as one of the sport's gentlemen. He may not have turned the other cheek, but nor did he dive or whine or fake injuries or give up or badmouth his opponents or blame others when the team did badly. He was also the game's greatest exponent of the past 20 years.

Nothing that happened Sunday changed any of that.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | July 12, 2006 02:05 PM

Words from an Ignorant Aussie..

I haven’t been here very long, a couple of months now, but as I understand it so far:
the Berlin wall came down, symbolizing the end of segregation?, amongst many other things,
the word “Nazis” is an extreme insult
and it’s a crime to do ‘that’ salute, am I on the right track?

Theoretically it would seem Berlin is now all for multiculturalism, the acceptance of all the people’s of the world, breeds, species and hair colours..
Outwardly it as though Germany is leading the world into a true sense of democracy of freedom from repression, a country that has truly learnt the lessons of its history, a balanced peoples perspective with no room for fresh fascist growth.
Theoretically, this is pretty amazing, revolutionary even, and how proud Germans must be of their maturity!!
So then I ask..
Why, in this non-fascist nation, did that fabulously intelligent daily rag, “BZ” ,, on the very day after Italy won the grand finale, have the first 5 double pages of its grand finale world cup issue, flooded with pictures of Germans brandishing German flags? A visual saturation of red gold and black with the power-packed-punch of a highly revered German players charging forth from the cover - from a sea of German patriots, daring anyone to dispute the headline, “We are more of a winner than Italy!!” ?
Now, I understand pride, morale and the need to congratulate the team of Deutschland, they did very well and hosted a very successful and enjoyable game. I also understand the importance for the people of Germany to fly again the flag of this misunderstood nation with pride..
But I don’t understand the problem that seems to stop Germany from congratulating the winners of the world cup the day after they have won it?
Would it not be considered a given that after a month long battle, that at least a page or two of press would be published to offer the congratulations of the host city?
This appears to not be the case!
As we sat down to a delicious post finale breakfast on this sunny Monday morning, expecting still the excitement in the air, pick up a locale paper sure to share the love with lots of pictures of happiness and revelry. What we found was a delightfully humorous newspaper with five double pages of crowds of German flags waving, can I repeat, five double pages!!! that’s quite alot by any standards, by perhaps the eighth page we finally spotted an Italian flag, in the section where the public are photographed and quoted. so, on the eighth page this triumphant and proud Italian is captured in the colours of his country and flying his flag, bearing the proud quote “my girlfriend left me for a Deutsch man!” and a short tale of how it was he came to lose his girlfriend to a Deutsch man. And that’s all! a singular reference to a winning team.

From that naturally we deemed it appropriate to do more research.. and yes there were other publications more generous, but in truth I think Australia celebrated the Italian win better than its neighbour and host city, even after that embarrassing win Italy had to Australia!.
From this do I conclude that Germans are sore losers? That there is a huge difficulty to accept defeat and offer a simple “congratulations Italy we commend your team and your country for a game well played”

Perhaps the focus of this particular paper would’ve been more understood had it been Italy and Deutschland in the grand finale, but it wasn’t! Perhaps we should be thankful it wasn’t because it might have been a less humorous paper that we were looking at on that sunny Monday morning!

How do think the proud leaders of the triumphant country would interpret this? What
if the winner of the cup was the U.S.A for example, or Japan or the U.K ? There is a good chance that this would not bode well for international relations?!
a daring move in these modern times, just think if it had been Korea!

For everything that is proliferated here, laws that are implemented to move this country past it’s primitive history and ensure that this is a nation of balanced well adjusted people, this is a blinding hypocrisy.
All media is responsible for the perceptions and conceptions of its people, and while many will disregard this daily rag for its lack of quality and speak of more intelligent reference points for print media, this is still one that is obviously sweeping by the sleeping minds of many in this land.
And as a dangerously clever man once promoted, ‘if you have the mind of a child from the age of 4.. then you have them for life’

I guess he was right … and he still is !
Congratulations Germany! (and yes, that is said with the sarcasm of an Australian!)

Posted by: jodi tobin | July 12, 2006 01:13 PM

Dear all, the problem i see is another.

Everybody played football knows that defensive players always tries to provocate.

I don't mind at all if Zidane is Algerine, Materazzi from North Italy, or not.

Gallas talk about Italians because he doesn't have anything else to say, and he wants the newspaper to talk about him.

I don't mind if they play forFrance ,Italy ,Ghana , Russia or whatever.
It was a Very Important football match and Materazzi was smarter. Nothing more.

I also can't say if Zidane and Materazzi said something between themself during the match.

I fear a lot more sad worms like Calderoli...who sayd something stupid (and dangerous) around Niger, Muslim and Communist talking about France.

This is REALLY dangerous... in Italy we are full of soldiers searching for an idea to die for.

I'd suggest Gallas to talk about Calderoli.

Posted by: Pietro Conte | July 12, 2006 12:53 PM

dear Eve i think you missed the whole point.
if you need we can ask ms Reeves, from scotland yard help to explain to you...:-)

if you could understand the post in this section they are about racism generated by football, which is still racism, in theme with beppe s post.

if you need to piangerti addosso for wathever happens in italy go to the italian section of the site, they are good at it there...

Posted by: wish you were here | July 12, 2006 11:16 AM

dear beppe,it's must disappointed for you to see how your blog used for comment as above,I can't believe that this article as created so much respond all about soccer and two belinoni(d....h) of players in the final of the world soccer cup,now you know why the country is in the situation is in,no wonder there is this hipnotism with the soccer ball,and everything else doesn't get the due attention,I just have one things to say to all those looser,and specially to the one that keep writing in italian when has been request to write in english,I wonder if is becouse nobody give a damm about their comment on the italian side,anyway guys get a life!untill you put soccer at the forefront of anything else nothing is going to chance in italy.

Posted by: eva kulnura | July 12, 2006 07:10 AM

The French are using this thing just to throw shit on the Italian victory.
I really don't give a damn for what one player said to another because of this:
1)Zidane is a hot head and he can get pissed off really easy
2)Everybody, I mean everybody hurls insults to each other on the field and all players know that
3)The French lost and the Italians won, period.Everything else it's just words to the wind and everything said would just mix a whole pail full of shit.Remember: if you mix the shit in a pail, all you get it's just more stink and nothing else.
4)The French don't know how to lose: they don't like anybody that is not French and this is also a good lesson for them. All I have to say to them is: "come back after 4 years and see what happens". They are so snobbish that can't take a loss when it comes.
What a bunch of whining losers.

Posted by: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn | July 12, 2006 06:45 AM

GALLAS: GLI SPACCO LA FACCIA - Intanto ci pensa William Gallas, difensore dei Bleus, a riaccendere il fuoco delle polemiche. Il difensore francese, seguito anche dal Milan, è furioso con Materazzi per l'episodio con Zidane: «Vorrei solo picchiarlo», dice senza troppi giri di parole. «Sappiamo tutti come sono fatti gli italiani, fanno sempre così. Quando sentono che stanno subendo, provocano - spiega Gallas nelle parole riportate dai media inglesi - Quando ho visto Zidane andarsene così, avrei voluto spaccare la faccia a Materazzi. A volte un giocatore fa il furbo, dicendo cose per le quali vorresti ucciderlo. Gli italiani barano, ma non possiamo farci nulla».
from corriere della sera
THURAM: UNA TRAPPOLA - Sull'episodio ha detto la sua anche lo juventino Lilian Thuram. «Sono sicuro che Materazzi ha insultato Zidane - ha dichiarato alla tv France 2 - E lui è caduto nella trappola dei giocatori italiani. Ne abbiamo discusso prima del match e gli avevo spiegato che gli italiani lo avrebbero insultato. Sono molto deluso di aver lasciato la nazionale in questo modo - ha proseguito Thuram - ho realizzato dopo quello che la Coppa può fare».
well now please, can anyone explain reasonably why there is a big scanddal around materazzi who denied being racist (how credible ms rees is if she doesn't know italian and italian insutlts?)and no one bother of gallas and now thuram being overtly racist and insulting not an individual but an entire nation?
materazzi is not a saint but using two measure is not fair

Posted by: Maria C | July 11, 2006 11:58 PM

It seems to me there is too much macho thuggishness in this sport in general. And the right-wing tifosi in Italy make me sick. They turn games into fascist rallies. And let us not forget that stronzo Del Canio and his fascist salute.

Materazzi was cited for a foul in Sunday's game, and in general he is known to be an extremely aggressive player. So he is no hero or martyr. Still, it was Zidane who proved to be the real disgraziato on Sunday, regardless of what Materazzi may have said to him. And although the British paper The Guardian and other non-Italian publications keep telling us ad nauseum about how "shy" and "soft-spoken" he is, Zidane also has a history of violence. As someone else here noted, Zidane viciously stomped on a Saudi player not long ago and when he played for Juventus he also committed many fouls.

I do think there is anti-Italian bias in some of the commentary. And the anti-Italian prejudices and condescension of the French are hardly a secret. When they visit Italy, too often they "fanno lo snob," as any waiter or hotel worker can tell you. So I will allow myself a little chauvinism and cheer the fact that Italia kicked culo francese on Sunday.

Posted by: George De Stefano | July 11, 2006 10:41 PM

Hi Maria, I think we have nothing to explain. It's not possible to explain anything to someone that has prejudices. Fortunately not all the english have those opinions, just the stupids make more noise.

Posted by: alex bettini | July 11, 2006 10:22 PM

thank you alex,
you make me feel i am not alone, i am so fed up with explaining i am not a thief, a cheat, a fascist or whatever british media say.

thank you

Posted by: Maria C | July 11, 2006 09:28 PM

Maria C | July 11, 2006 08:59 PM

I am in U.K. now, like you. So I really can understand you. Seems that the european reader prefers to read about this polemic. They are not so interested about italian victory. I can understand this thing as well. :-)

Posted by: alex bettini | July 11, 2006 09:23 PM

another small observation

why international media are not keen on showing video of zidane's other 2 sent offs?
one when he was at juventus, exactly like this one, and another walk he had on top of a saudi player?

i live in the UK and all this media attention on the issue and french team members behaviours make me feel discriminated.

it is simply a shame, not for zidane or materazzi but for gallas and the french team and all the bad words said on italians

Posted by: Maria C | July 11, 2006 08:59 PM

will the BBC find out also what the argentinian player said to Frings of Germany to get a punch from him after the match?
or is the BBC only after justifying french?
isn't that racism?
what did the danish guy Totti spitted at on the European?
BBC is fair...what?
italians easy targets, shame on the BBC

Posted by: frings | July 11, 2006 08:44 PM

matearazzi's apologies

"sorry if i demonstrated that french cannot lose with honour and that zidane is short tempered"

Posted by: materazzi | July 11, 2006 08:34 PM

the first to apologize should be zidane, and in the end the thing should be between the two of them.

the fact that footballers insult each other is no news
and the one to lose is face is Gallas

still zidane's fault is alays double of materazzi

Posted by: Maria C | July 11, 2006 08:31 PM

Apologize Materazzi did not and I seriously doubt that he will. Instead he's paraded around Italy and eulogized as a conquering hero. Give us a break! On a vomit scale from 1 to 10 this scoundrel deserves a 10.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | July 11, 2006 08:00 PM

John | July 11, 2006 06:10 PM

I don't want to make Materazzi a martyr and maybe you're right when you say that they both should explain and apologize (if Jessica Rees was right), but excuse me I can't clap at Zidane and Gallas. Seems nearly that a lot of people are proud of Zidane behavior. He could admit he wrong to react in that way.

Posted by: alex bettini | July 11, 2006 06:54 PM

In this country, a BBC radio station had an independent lip reader work out what might have been said, see below. Should the spirit of this be proved wrong, you can make Materazzi a martyr if you like; however, there's often no smoke with fire. I think Zidane should apologise, but I think Materazzi would be a bigger man if he also apologised at the same time. Racism that isn't challenged just carries on and on.

From BBC website:

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"


Posted by: John | July 11, 2006 06:10 PM

it is also interesting to note how all the french are after at justifying Zidane while i can see italians can only blame their own countrypeople.
if you read the sun you can read how Gallas has promised himself to beat up materazi next time he sees him.
no one is condemning him, why?
he also said all italians are thieves and chaets on sky. isn't it racism?
aren't italians being too strict with italians?

Posted by: Maria C | July 11, 2006 05:45 PM

how could you accuse materazzi without proof???
now zidane who has been repeatedly violent is the victim and materazzi the evil one?
whoever on earth has attacked another man withou being insulted in the first instance?
even the worst insult justify Zidane

nice french PR move

Posted by: Maria C | July 11, 2006 05:26 PM

Just to point out that the "john" that posted here earlier, wanting to make Materazzi a saint, is not me, "John". My use of English, and indeed my brain, is of a far higher order than that exhibited by the earlier poster.

As for Materazzi, I'll hope he'll enjoy Serie C next season. Racists of his ilk deserve a lot worse but rarely get their just desserts. Vivre Zidane!


Posted by: John | July 11, 2006 05:04 PM

What Zidane did is inexcusable, but it's obvious that Materazzi's insult must have been very provocative. There is no room in any sport for thuggish behaviour like this, period.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | July 11, 2006 05:03 PM you want to know what Materazzi said? me too, but I don't think it's a solution to hit the chest or smash the face(as a french player said) of everyone insult you. Why everybody is justifing Zidane? was he right to do that? and how could you all know that Materazzi is a racist? Has everybody already condamned Materazzi as a racist? No justify for a violent act!

Posted by: alex bettini | July 11, 2006 04:52 PM

Quell'imbecille di Materazzi dovrebbe ricevere un anno di squalifica! Calciano il pallone per vent'anni, diventano ricchissimi e sono fondamentalmente dei robot senza cultura. E tutto il mondo a sbavarci dietro!

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | July 11, 2006 03:35 PM

Zidane's sister is a great and bloody bitch!


Posted by: john | July 11, 2006 03:31 PM

Thanks for having a lot of humour. Talking about the Aryan race, i think Italy has a team which surprisingly does not reflect it's reality, so from one extreme to another?

Posted by: Ivan Loyen | July 11, 2006 03:01 PM

Caro Fabrizio Scarpa, I totally agree with you and NO, you are not alone. There are Italians who ask the same questions as you. In fact there are those who say they are afraid that all the investigation in “Calcio” will amount to nothing and everything will be swept the carpet and everything will be as before.

There are African players who have sold their souls, the juda, and have forgotten the sacrifice of their fathers, forefathers and insulted the heroes of Africa with their support for oppression & occupation.

The footballers know one thing £$€ - the highest level of their culture appreciation. £$€ knowns no racial difference!

How come none of the players who publicise the mega/multi national products never refuse the lucrative deals knowing full well the products are produced by children in sweatshops of Asia &/or Africa.

Posted by: Marcia Visanji | July 11, 2006 12:12 PM

I+EI b+fd 3000 c

Posted by: Maria Consuelo Spera | July 11, 2006 11:51 AM

dear frabizio,
i completely disagree with you.
fotballer insulting each other is no news.
no one asked Fringe from Germany what the Argentinian he punched did to him, same when Titti spitted on the Danish player at the European. their behaviours have been condemned by their teams...
what is all the fuss about Zidane?
why the french team has not condemned him as germans did with Frings and we did with Totti?
French are bad losers, and racists (racisms is not only white to coloured unfortunately)and cannot accept to lose against the wops italians (that they call imbroglioni ladri)
have you read what Gallas (black French) said on Italians on Sky news? who is the racist here?
as you can see people do not need to be white or of a right wing party to be racist
why Zidane did not apologise to the Italians after playing in italy for years?

I am an italian abroad and where i live, this world cup has turned in an excuse to blame italians for winning and to insult us with the excuse of football.

Posted by: Maria C | July 11, 2006 11:40 AM

Il tuo articolo sul razzismo mi fa pensare, e chiedo scusa se parlo di calcio, ma sono io l'unico che si scandalizza nel vedere i tatuaggi fascisteggianti dei nostri cosiddetti eroi del mondiale? Ma c'é qualcuno che si chiede se non sia il caso di mettere Materazzi alle strette e fargli ammettere che cazzo é che gli ha detto a Zidane per farlo reagire in quel modo? E c'é qualcun altro che si chiede ma perché cazzo i festeggiamenti (perlomeno a Vienna dove vivo) sembravano piú incentrati a inveire contro Zidane e contro i francesi che non a festeggiare in maniera gioiosa? Chiedo scusa per aver invaso portando il calcio, ma il razzismo é una cosa seria, e il fascismo pure, e all'ennesimo connazionale che mi rispondeva "mbeh, siamo tutti razzisti, che male c'é?" non ho potuto fare a meno di chiedermi, ma noi italiani come popolo, siamo veramente brava gente?
Fabrizio Scarpa

Posted by: Fabrizio Scarpa | July 11, 2006 10:12 AM

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