Friday April 10 2020
'Didn't talk to Zizou after Italy red'

Former France defender Willy Sagnol has revealed how he did not speak to Zinedine Zidane for two years after his red card against Italy.

Zidane infamously saw red for headbutting Marco Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup Final, with Italy going on to win their fourth title on penalties.

Now, Sagnol has confessed to ‘smoking 250 cigarettes in 10 minutes’ after France’s defeat in Berlin and falling out with Zizou.

“After the game, in the dressing room, Zidane apologised,” the ex-Bayern Munich man told Radio Montecarlo.

“But I didn’t accept his apology, I didn’t want to talk to him, it wasn’t the time, there was too much disappointment.

“I went to the bathroom and smoked 250 cigarettes in 10 minutes. We didn’t talk for two years after that.

“In 2008, however, I got married and my wife told me to invite him. I called him and we had a little snack together in the morning: we had a good conversation.”