Recent developments are out in the Zidane-Materazzi controversy that don't yet have anything to do with the Jewish world or the Middle East -- though I should mention that Kishkushim will be the first to correct those who would call Zidane an Arab (dirty or otherwise) and remind them that he is a Kabyle. What's more, some have called the Kabyles the "new Jews of Algeria."
The Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera, reports that FIFA, world soccer's governing body, bowing to pressure from the likes of SOS Racisme and Zizou's cousin Mokhtar Haddad, will launch a probe into the circumstances surrounding the headbutt.
The SOS call didn't alarm me as much as this comment from Mr. Haddad: "We think he either called him a terrorist or a son of Harkis [Algerians who fought on the side of France during the Algerian war of independence]."
Meanwhile, French defender William Gallas has declared his support for Zizou. The Frenchman says there is only one thing to do with these Italians: "crack their faces open."
I'm confused. Materazzi says he isn't cultivated enough to know what an Islamic terrorist is, but he knows what a Harki is? Rather than try to solve this puzzle, Jennie has suggested that we perform some tests to see how bad a headbutt to the thoracic zone hurts in an attempt to establish whether Materazzi is as good an actor as the French coach Raymond Domenech.