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Zidane's headbutt inspires fashion

Zidane's infamous headbutt would be remembered for quite a long time now as it has inspired an Italian fashion designer to launch a new range of leisurewear.

india Updated: Dec 29, 2006 13:54 IST
Agence France Presse
Agence France Presse

An Italian fashion designer has launched a new range of leisurewear inspired by Zinedine Zidane's infamous headbutt on Marco Materazzi in this year's World Cup final.

The logo on Alessandro Ferrari's new line of t-shirts and fleeces features a man headbutting another man, but condemns the Frenchman's violent reaction to Materazzi's provocation.

The two figures are set beside a target symbol made up of the colours of the French and Italian flags, signifying the coming together of the two nations after the final.

Ferrari's new range is called Xqua - pronounced 'Perqua' - a play on words following the now legendary Pourquoi, Zidane? ('Why, Zidane?') exclamation made by a French football commentator.

"The idea came to me on a wave of emotion after Italy won the World Cup," Ferrari was quoted as saying by Italian news agency Fidest.

"After Zidane's headbutt on Materazzi I thought of turning that unsavoury act into a positive social message aimed at the youngsters, and at the same time offering a trendy product of high quality.

"The name of the branding was born out of the 'Pourquoi, Zidane?' commentary and the questioning of any act of violence."

The Zidane-Materazzi incident triggered a whole host of commercial spin-offs, including songs, video games and joke books.

Materazzi recently published a book entitled: "What I really said to Zidane", which includes phrases he might have said to the former France captain. The proceeds from the book are going to children's charities.

Zidane was sent off in the second period of extra time in the July 9 World Cup final for head-butting Materazzi, who had insulted the French midfield maestro.

Italy went on to defeat France 5-3 on penalties after the match had finished tied at 1-1. Zidane put France ahead with a penalty kick before Materazzi headed the equaliser.

Zidane retired from football after the World Cup.

First Published: Dec 28, 2006 19:53 IST