Why Zizou, Why?!
As I type out this post, FIFA has initiated discipinary proceedings against one of the greatest footballers of our generation, Zinedine Zidane and Marco Materazzi, the Italian defender for their respective actions in bringing the beautiful game to disrepute. Zidane has apologised for his actions to his fans and has asked kids across the world not to follow his lead this time round.
Like millions of people across the world, I too stayed awake and watched history being made at the finals of WC 2006. Frankly, I was pretty much neutral. My favourites, Argentina, had been knocked out by their coach. So I wasn't supporting either France or Italy. I felt that while the first half was really gripping, the second half was yawn-worthy with Italy getting back to their old defensive ways.
And then in extra time, we saw two terrific headers from Zidane; one, which was brilliantly saved by Gianluigi Buffon, and the other, which has now becoming the most infamous headbutt of all time. As the events unfolded, and I watched the great man walk off the pitch, one thought raced through my mind, 'Why Zizou, Why?! Why a headbutt?'
Now, I can well understand an individual's blood boiling over in complete rage over hurtful comments, and losing one's mind can well lead to one losing complete control over one's actions. As a result of this a person is well liable to lash out at the offender. A punch in the jaw, a slap in the face, tearing out of hair, biting off a ear or a vicious kick would typically be the vehicle of such outpourings. But a headbutt to the chest? Fairly unheard of till now.
Most of the discussions that have surrounded this controversy have focussed on the motives and the 'What Ifs?' had the headbutt not happened. But I ponder deep on the reasons why Zizou chose a headbutt over other methods of expressing himself.
Maybe he is an Arian like me. Being a ram would then be an innate nature of his every actions. If such is the case, the next time somebody provokes me, they had better guard themselves against a lethal headbutt. Or maybe he's a Taurian Bull. If that's the case, then its a good thing Zidane didn't try this against the Spaniards who might have been more deft at tackling a charging bull. However, a quick bit of Googling dashes my hopes of an explanation on this front. www.who2.com informs me that his birthday is on June 23 and that makes him a Cancerian. Cancer - the crab. Maybe the pincers would have been more devastating on Materazzi.
Maybe Zizou was genuinely upset that his previous header had been deftly handled by Buffon. 'Ze ball was easy for you, eh Buffon? Here, try blocking your defender!'
And why on the chest? Why not a WWF, or WWE as it is now called, style headbutt to the offending head? Maybe the offensive abuse by Materazzi was not sufficient enough to warrant a headbutt to head. A warning from Zizou to Materazzi, if you may - 'The next time, your head gets it!'
One explanation which I have received after much consultation with many of those equally anguished as me, is that this is a definite indication that in spite of being overwhelmed with rage, Zidane did manage to show some control. That is, he controlled his hands and legs, but, in a manner of speaking, he lost his head. I hope that the FIFA takes this into account while taking disciplinary action. Clearly, Zizou was the more disciplined between the two. After all, Materazzi showed absolutely no restraint in dishing out his abuse!
However, more than a 100 hours after watching the incident, I am nowhere closer to an answer and still ponder forth. 'Why Zizou? Why a headbutt to the chest?'