Zidane’s headbutt on Materazzi trending again as Nunez gets Liverpool red card

epa01094124 (FILE) A file photograph showing Zinedine Zidane from France is shown the red card by referee Horazio Elizondo during the final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup between Italy and France at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany, Sunday 09 July 2006. Italy's World Cup winning defender Marco Materazzi revealed 18 August 2007, that he had told French icon Zinedine Zidane during last year's final that he preferred his 'whore of a sister' to his shirt. It was this comment that led to Zidane headbutting Materazzi in the chest and being dramatically sent off. That incident preceded France losing the final in a penalty shoot-out. EPA/OLIVER BERG +++ Mobile Services OUT +++ Please refer to FIFA's Terms and Conditions. *** Local Caption *** 00000400767937

Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez was sent off in his debut at Anfield last night and fans are comparing his red card to Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt on Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup Final.

It is one of the most memorable moments in football history and an incident that Italians will gladly remember.

The France legend ended the game and his career in the most incredible way during the extra-time of the 2006 World Cup Final, reacting to insults to Marco Materazzi with a headbutt.

The referee showed him a straight red card, so France played the last minutes of extra-time down to ten men and Marcello Lippi’s boys eventually won the match on penalties, lifting the fourth World Cup in the country’s history.

New Liverpool signing Darwin Nunez did something similar last night and saw a straight red after hitting his opponent Joachim Andersen: thousands of Twitter users have noted the similarity with the incident involving Zidane and Materazzi.

2 Comments on “Zidane’s headbutt on Materazzi trending again as Nunez gets Liverpool red card”

  1. Nothing compared to Zidane’s. As an Italy fan, even I was on my feet applauding. Nothing short of spectacular on such a huge occasion. Chapeau, Zizou, chapeau.

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