Speaking to L’Equipe, Zidane said: My mother was very ill during this day, it was not a serious matter, but she was not well. I spoke with my sister and she told me about her condition and I was worried.
He continued: Materazzi confirmed that he did not insult my mother, and this is true, but he insulted my sister, so something stirred inside me and what you saw happened.
He continued: On the field, players always exchange insults without reactions, but this is what happened, I am not proud of what I did for sure, but I accept it, it is part of my career.
He concluded: I always say that my career with France is not over yet, I do not want that “got” to be the last of my memories with the “roosters”.