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Materazzi accepts damages over Zidane report

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Italian defender Marco Materazzi has accepted substantial damages from the Daily Mail over the newspaper's claims he racially abused Zinedine Zidane during the 2006 World Cup final.

In its coverage of the match, the newspaper published a picture of Materazzi being headbutted by Zidane, captioned "Revealed: the insult that made Zidane see red."

Zidane was sent off in extra time for headbutting the Italian defender and Italy went on to win the title with Materazzi scoring one of the decisive spot kicks in the penalty shootout.

The headline of Dailymail newspaper
The articles wrongly stated that Materazzi had called Zidane, whose parents are Algerian, "the son of a terrorist whore."

The newspaper also published similar accusations on its website from July to December that year.

The newspaper has accepted that all of the allegations were completely untrue and that there was no question of Materazzi having used racist comments to provoke Zidane.

Associated Newspapers, the group that owns the Daily Mail, offered its apologies for the distress caused by its reports, and had agreed to pay Materazzi substantial damages and his costs.

However, the amount paid out in damages was not disclosed.

Materazzi did not appear at the hearing.

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