Marco Materazzi has continued his libel action against the British tabloids over the Zinedine Zidane head-butt incident by successfully winning a second apology and damages, this time from
Zidane was infamously sent off during the 2006 World Cup final in Berlin during Italy's victory over France after he head-butted Materazzi in the chest in extra time.
The following day a number of English tabloids printed a number of defamatory articles in which they stated that Zidane reacted after Materazzi called him "the son of a terrorist whore."
It was later revealed that Zidane's sister was the subject of the insult and that no racism nor the word "terrorist" was ever used. However, a number of newspapers failed to correct their error or apologize, which left them open to libel.
Materazzi won a lawsuit against
"We also said that Mr. Materazzi was a hypocritical liar when he denied it and was rightly condemned for what he said. "We withdraw these allegations and accept that Mr. Materazzi did not say anything of a racist nature. We apologize to Mr. Materazzi for any distress caused and have agreed to pay him damages."
Materazzi, who had a shocking game in Italy's 3-0 Euro 2008 defeat to Holland, also has a case ongoing against another tabloid