The BBC evening news today got a lip-reader to review the footage of the Zidane/Materazzi incident. Apparently, following some jostling between the two, when Zidane was walking away Materazzi insulted his mother.
Shocking enough, but apparently his mother was recently diagnosed with a terminal disease.
In a seething cauldron of emotion and adrenaline, you almost can't blame him, if that really was what was said.
Hmmm, second time then a Mediterranean team has wound up a Northern European player to get them sent off in the tournamanet.
Anyone spotting a theme here?