|On the infamous head-butt.
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
It seems to me that just about all the European media reports on Zidane's "apology" for his behavior are missing the point. The only thing he gave was a highly qualified statement. He said he was sorry that the children watching the game had to see him perform the head-butt. Forget his refusal to repeat Materazzi's exact words. Forget Materazzi's feigned ignorance about the definition of the word "terrorist." Forget the speculation, the insinuations of racism and the conflicting translations of the lip-readers. Forget his failure to apologize for letting down his team-mates. He didn't apologize for the action itself, and therefore, in my mind, he hasn't apologized at all.
The only way either Materazzi or Zidane could truly put the incident behind them would be for the following to happen. Materazzi must say, "I provoked Zidane verbally. It was wrong for me to do that, and I'm sorry." Zidane must say, "I attacked another player on the pitch in the middle of a match. It was wrong for me to do that, and I'm sorry." Both apologies must be unconditional and independent.
Perhaps if they did that, we could focus on the fact that world seems to be exploding around us. (See: Israel attacking Lebanon, synchronized train bombings in Mumbai, North Korean missile tests, escalated fighting in Afghanistan.) But I sincerely doubt that they'd be willing to lay aside their egos and their pride. If they can't, then neither of them deserve to be called true sportsmen.
I almost wish we could transport them both back to the age of five. Isn't that when you're supposed to learn this stuff? ;-)
we are also living in the age of 'the victim', where every bad thing we do can be traced to a bad thing someone else did to us - thereby excusing our behavior. a seemingly disfigured version of karma; a passive-aggressive culture avoiding responsibility. better known as bullshit ;-)
So that's what the last episode of The Prisoner was all about!
I declare the score to be "Goose Egg" to "Cracked Sternum"!
Eloquently put, and I agree entirely.
Sadly however they seem to be something of a microcosm reflecting the world around them. In a world of dogmatically principled umbrage and escalating violence, they seem to embody the Zeitgeist disturbingly well.
Pretty much exactly what I wanted to say, but didn't have the words. Thanks.
I admit feeling somewhat vindicated when it all happened, after the Italy-US game, which was so violent. I had really felt with that game, that Italy deserved to win, just not in the way that they did. The US team played a spirit game, but I could see them getting frustrated and angry and after the McBridge got elbowed in the face by De Rossi, it was all over.
Of course, to De Rossi's credit, he sincerely apologized
He apologized directly to MacBride after the game, too, which I think helped to put the incident to rest quickly. He also labeled himself a dickhead, thus saving the press from having to do it for him. Of course, I don't think there was an exchange of words immediately preceding, as there was in the Zidane-Materazzi incident.
It's not in your mind, he explicitly didn't apologise to him, in fact, saying 'I cannot regret doing it, because it would mean that Materazzi was (in his) right to say such things'. So, it's not like he was presenting half-arsed excuses to the world in general - he just did full apologies to the people who had to witness it, none to Materazzi and pacifists.
Word. However, I do think Materazzi needs to come out and say something. At least they're both being looked at by FIFA.
Totally. Materazzi's defense thus far for his actions can be summed up as, "Everyone else does it [insult other players on the pitch], so I do it too." Which is, uh, pretty lame.
They both got penalised !
The next time I screw up something, I'm going to say I'm sorry for any children that had to see/hear/read about my actions and leave it at that.
That part that saddens me is sports now using the same tactics a politician would use. I could easily see Bush or some other elected official saying the same thing to get out of a mistake. Acknowledge there are hurt feelings but admit nothing. Complete lack of personal responsibility.
Maybe Zidane is planning on running for office...