Former France Rothen star reveals she was injured by ex-teammate Zidane calling him “ab son ****” at the “black spot” of his career


FORMER France star Jerome Rothen has revealed his injury after Zinedine Zidane called him “son of ab ****” in what he calls the “black spot” of his career.

In the 2003-04 season, Monaco ejected Real Madrid from the Champions League in the quarter-finals in a draw.


Rothen revealed a huge on-field argument with Zidane in April 2004, calling him the ‘black spot’ of his careerCrédits: Getty Images – Getty

Madrid’s Galacticos, including Zidane, won the first leg 4-2 at the Bernabeu, then led 1-0 in Monaco.

But the French underdogs launched an incredible comeback to score three times and advance to the semi-finals on away goals, with an overall score of 5-5.

And Rothen, playing for Monaco that April night, revealed his pain after Zidane – his France teammate at the time – tore him apart on the pitch as tensions mounted.

Rothen revealed: “What happened with Zidane is a black spot in my career.

“He said to me ‘get up, son of a bitch.’

“Zidane and I knew each other in the France team.

“I didn’t understand what happened at the time because we had a good relationship.

“We were winning 3-1, we were ready for the semi-finals and Zidane lost the ball.

Rothen, No.14 and Zidane, No.10, were international teammates for FranceCredit: AFP

“It was Real Madrid, the Galaticos, who were eliminated by little Monaco.

“I can understand the frustration, but I didn’t understand those kinds of words.

“He’s someone I knew, with whom I trained and with whom I played in the national team.

“I’m not telling you we were the best friends in the world.

“But I don’t understand the insults with someone who played for the national team. ”

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