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Zidane Redux

Oh, now we understand. An Italian lip reader seems to think that French World Cup captain Zinedine Zidane delivered that head butt because his Italian opponent had insulted the whole Zidane family, AND Zidane’s mother had recently received some bad medical news about which Zidane was still upset. The whole story is here. And there’s highly engaging video here.

One CM reader resented the implication that Zidane’s poor impulse control made him look like an animal.


…animals do not lose it. When they are aggressive it is with intention, necessary for the predatory or defensive behaviors in the animal kingdom. The higher mind of the human being can control these instinctual and territorial behaviors. Too often we fail to do so, but the “like an animal” metaphor is misplaced, I think.

Point well taken, I think.

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posted July 13, 2006 at 3:28 pm

I guess he’s never heard “Sticks and stones may break my bones but Names will never hurt me.” Sad……….>

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posted July 13, 2006 at 4:37 pm

I think what Zidane did raises a lot of questions. On the one hand, yes it is truly sad, disappointing and shocking that Zidane head butted Materazzi. On the other hand, how much abuse should be allowed on any sports field and is all kind of taunting acceptable? Eventually it becomes a question of honor. Aren’t there limits to what is/ is not acceptable for one person to say to another? The fighter instinct in all of us, particularly the instinct to protect our families, is very strong. Perhaps Zidane felt that protecting his families honor is more important than winning any sports match – World Cup Final or not. I am still undecided about the whole incident but I very much sympathize with Zidane.>

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