Domenech sad for ZZ

10 July 2006 08:24
France coach Raymond Domenech was upset with the way Zinedine Zidane's career came to an end in the World Cup final defeat to Italy. The 34-year-old was sent off in extra-time for head-butting Italy defender Marco Materazzi in the chest as France went on to lose the game 5-3 on penalties. It was Zidane's last game before retirement and Domenech said: "It's sad to have a great player leaving the pitch in that way, getting sent-off. "He has played a great World Cup. He has been ever-present. I would have preferred to have taken him off myself but I did not expect it to end that way. "We are all sad that a player like Zinedine has been sent-off. "The referee and his assistant saw nothing and then we had the fourth official talking to the referee. "I don't know what was said but I think Materazzi is involved. Something must have happened. "I don't think he [Zidane] would have decided out of the blue to react in a way to get sent off. "He didn't just decide he was tired and wanted to get sent off. I don't know what Materazzi said. All I know is that the man-of-the-match was not [Andrea] Pirlo but Materazzi. He scored the equaliser and had Zidane sent-off. "He really put on a great show when he fell down."

Source: ESA