Zidane: 'I'm sorry, but I don't regret it'

Zinedine Zidane has spoken for the first time about his now infamous headbutt on Marco Materazzi in the World Cup final. His apology for the incident name-checked children, television viewers and even school teachers, but not Materazzi.

In an interview for French television, Zidane - strangely dressed with a big coat draped across his shoulders - said: "It was inexcusable. I apologise, but I can't regret what I did because it would mean that he was right to say all that."

"It was seen by two or three billion people on television and millions and millions of children were watching. It was an inexcusable gesture and to them, and the people in education whose job it is to show children what they should and shouldn't do, I want to apologise," he added.

Zidane claims Materazzi said some "very hard words" about his mother and sister. Materazzi has denied this. Click below to watch the interview. [Via BBC]

Rob Parker