French stunned by Zidane
- 10 Jul 06, 04:37 AM
BERLIN - The French fans buried their faces in their hands as they saw Zinedine Zidane dispatched from the World Cup final, knowing it may have cost them victory.
None could explain his "idiotic act", but at the same time, they insisted France would remember him as a legend, and would not turn against him.
"It's very disappointing from a great player like Zidane," said Maxim Kelhetter, watching at the Fan Fest at the Brandenburg Gate.
"But we won't forget what he did for France. He is the greatest player we've had.
"I don't think people will turn against him. He is a legend in France and all over the world."
Amandine Cleret said: "Zidane did something really, really bad.
"Maybe the Italians did something nasty to him, I don’t know. It was his last match, maybe he got crazy.
"It really is a shame - really hard to finish like this."
"It was an idiotic act, I don’t know why he did it," said Eliette Gondoin.
Few blamed him directly for France's defeat, saying once the match went to penalties it was a lottery.
But they did say France had been looking the more likely winner till he was sent off.