No regrets for World Cup ref
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
World Cup final referee Hoarcio Elizondo has no regrets about sending off Zinedine Zidane.
World Cup final referee Horacio Elizondo has no regrets about sending off Zinedine Zidane.
Elizondo, who confirmed the fourth official played a role in the sending off, said, despite it being Zindane's last game, that it did not cross his mind when he produced a red card for the Frenchman after he head-butted Italy's Marco Materazzi.
"I was in another part of the pitch and I didn't hear the dialogue between both players. When I saw Materazzi on the ground, I stopped the game," said Elizondo.
"Assistant number one (Dario Garcia) informed me what the fourth official had told him.
"You cannot even think you're sending off Zidane in the last game of his career.
"A referee is ready to work with 22 players, eleven of each colour and with different numbers, not caring about the names."
Elizondo admitted he was now thinking about quitting the game himself after refereeing the final.
"My goals in refereeing have been achieved," he said.
"It's time now to teach what I've have learnt. I want to leave through the front door."