August 18, 2007 / 2:14 PM / 10 years ago

Materazzi reveals exact words to Zidane

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy defender Marco Materazzi has finally revealed the exact words he used to provoke Zinedine Zidane into headbutting him in last year’s World Cup final.

Italy's Marco Materazzi falls on the pitch after being head-butted by France's Zinedine Zidane (R) during their World Cup 2006 final football match in Berlin July 9, 2006. Picture taken July 9, 2006. REUTERS/Peter Schols/GPD/Handout

“I prefer the whore that is your sister,” he said in a interview with the TV Sorrisi e Canzoni magazine which comes out on Monday, Italian media reported on Saturday.

Materazzi had previously said that he had mentioned the France midfielder’s sister in the verbal jousting between the two in the Berlin final, but had never given the exact words.

Zidane, who retired after the final, was sent off for the headbutt and Italy subsequently won on penalties.

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