10 Dec 2010

Materazzi and Zidane shake hands

11:54 am on 10 December 2010

The Italian footballer Marco Materazzi says he shook Zinedine Zidane's hand last month for the first time since the Frenchman's infamous headbutt on him in the 2006 World Cup final.

They accidentally met at a Milan hotel when Inter Milan defender Materazzi was going to meet former boss Jose Mourinho, who was in the city for Real Madrid's Champions League game with AC Milan.

Rumours have since persisted that Zidane, a Real adviser, bumped into Materazzi and the former Italy international has now confirmed the speculation.

Materazzi would say what was said, but he says the meeting was what he wanted and it was great.

Zidane was sent-off for butting Materazzi in the chest in the 2006 final, the last match of his career. Italy won 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Materazzi also revealed a number of run-ins with former Inter striker Mario Balotelli, who infuriated his team mates last term with his attitude and by being pictured wearing an AC Milan shirt.