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Materazzi says that he shook hands with Zidane

AFP, ROME

Former Italy defender Marco Materazzi has confirmed that a meeting and handshake between himself and Zinedine Zidane in Milan last month did take place.

The pair have had a feud since the 2006 World Cup final when Zidane was sent off for headbutting Materazzi in the chest.

That was the then-France captain’s last ever professional match as a player and he later claimed he had reacted to slurs the Italian directed against his sister.

Last month, ahead of Milan’s Champions League clash against Real Madrid at the San Siro, a Spanish journalist claimed to have seen the pair shake hands and make up at a Milan hotel, although Zidane later denied this.

Materazzi now claims that such an exchange did indeed take place.

“I went out and found myself in front of Zidane so I took the opportunity to say some things to him, things that he and I know and that will stay between us,” he said.

“Let’s say that it was I who spoke most and at the end when he extended his hand to me I clasped it and didn’t let go until he looked me properly in the eye,” Materazzi said.

“That’s what I wanted and that’s how it went,” he said.

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