- By Carolyn O'HaraCarolyn O'Hara is a senior editor at Foreign Policy.
French football star Zinedine Zidane has apologized for headbutting Italian player Marco Materazzi during Sunday’s World Cup final, an infraction that sent Zidane off the field with a red card just minutes from his retirement. But does he regret it? Nope. Zidane stands by the move because, though he won’t reveal exactly what Materazzi said, the Italian apparently insulted Zidane’s mother and sister. And for this chivalric explanation, the French love Zidane once again.