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Materazzi wins damages from Daily Mail- 3 Nov 2008 00:00:00

UK newspaper the Daily Mail has been forced to pay Italian footballer Marco Materazzi substantial damages after the latter won his legal case against claims that he racially abused French star Zinedine Zidane in the 2006 World Cup Final.

The amount of compensation was not disclosed, but the paper accepted it was wrong to report Materazzi had called Zidane ‘the son of a terrorist whore’.

French captain Zidane was sent off after head-butting the Italian's chest in the World Cup Final which Italy went on to win.

Jonathan Price, lawyer for the Daily Mail's owners, said the paper offered its apologies for the distress caused.

Materazzi, who currently plays for Inter Milan, was not at London's High Court for the settlement of his libel case against Associated Newspapers.

The Italian also won damages and an apology from the Daily Star earlier in the year.

Following the head-butting incident, in July 2006, Materazzi was handed a two-match ban by world governing body Fifa.

France's captain Zidane, playing his last match before retiring from football, was banned for three games and fined £3,260.


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