Willy Sagnol revealed that he hadn’t spoken to Zinedine Zidane for nearly two years after his infamous French teammate’s infamous whim in the 2006 World Cup final.
Zidane had already scored a penalty to put France ahead of Italy, but Marco Materazzi equalized for Azzurri.
With the level of play at 1-1 in overtime, the midfielder was sent off for giving Materazzi a header as he reacted to the liquidation of the Italian defender.
Willy Sagnol hasn’t spoken to Zinedine Zidane for nearly two years after his infamous whim
Zidane was kicked out for beating Italian Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final
Sagnol remained livid as he estimated that Zidane’s actions cost France in the World Cup final
With one of their inescapable stars unable to participate in the final stages of extra time and penalties thereafter, France found itself in a difficult situation.
Italy went on to win 5-3 on penalties, with Zidane sacked in the last game of his illustrious career.
Sagnol was among the scorers in the shootout for France, but David Trezeguet’s fault proved costly, Fabio Grosso having finally scored the decisive penalty to secure glory for Italy.
Sagnol played with Zidane from 2000 to 2006, but the pair did not speak for nearly two years after the incident.
As AS reported, the former Bayern Munich defender Sagnol said: “You go into the locker room, you have lost, you have a boy there who speaks and apologizes. But you can’t hear it! You are deeply disappointed in your world.
Sagnol added that he had trouble accepting Zidane’s apology and also joked that he had smoked 250 cigarettes in ten minutes immediately after the defeat in Italy.
He said, “I didn’t want to accept his apology or talk to him. It was not the moment. I had to go to the bathroom, smoke 250 cigarettes in ten minutes. This is how I escaped.
Sagnol was distraught after the final whistle when France’s hopes for glory were over
Sagnol joked that he had “smoked 250 cigarettes in ten minutes” after France’s defeat against Italy
While several of his French teammates won the World Cup in 1998, Sagnol was not part of this group and ended his career without winning the most prestigious prize in football.
However, Sagnol revealed that he and Zidane finally managed to reconcile.
He said, “We haven’t talked for nearly two years. In 2008, after the European Championship, I had to get married. My wife told me to invite him.
“I called him but he couldn’t come to the party in the evening, but it was nice to see him arrive for the morning. We had an aperitif together.