All over the BBC they're debating the appalling incident which has so tarnished world football, and on Five Live's 'Breakfast' they're discussing what punishment is great enough for such a hideous offence. Is there no end to the vile racism which so affects our society ?
Materazzi should be banned from soccer for life.
Zidane, on the other hand, was merely reacting against the years of oppression and racism which have kept him a poverty-stricken unknown, finally driven beyond endurance by the continuing taunts of his opponents. Coming on top of the invasion of Iraq, the continuing struggle in Palestine, and the murder of Shamil Basayev, he finally decided to fight back.
The BBC have decided to ask some French fans what they think.
"We wanted to know if the kids and youths playing football in the streets, wearing Zidane football shirts, had a lesser opinion of him following his sending off against Italy.
We started filming in one of Gennevilliers' streets, between the endless rows of tower blocks that dominate the horizon.
A stone thrown from one of the balconies landed with a thud right by us. Another just missed our producer's head. "
Elsewhere ... the Dumb One has an interesting juxtaposition of tales from Scallyland.
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