In a time of heated rhetoric, political grandstanding and continued confusion on the facts, we looked forward to an interview with Zinedine Zidane's ailing mother. Perhaps the woman would provide us with some much-need perspective, give everyone a chance to just cool down and realize that it's just a game, that mistakes happen, that she loves her son and that's all that really matters.
"I am utterly disgusted by what I have heard. I praise my son for defending his family's honour. No one should be subjected to such foul insults on or off the football pitch and I don't care if it was a World Cup Final. I have nothing but contempt for Materazzi and, if what he said is true, then I want his balls on a platter.
Heavens! Though, to be fair, if someone had just called us "a terrorist whore," and every newspaper in the world were talking about it, we might be somewhat fired up too.
Bring Me The Balls Of Materazzi [UK Mirror]