Rumours are swirling that Marco Materazzi called Zinedine Zidane a "terrorist" or called his mother one. Judging by this guilty-sounding statement from the Italian, there's more to come from this story:
"It is absolutely not true, I did not call him a terrorist. I'm ignorant. I don't even know what the word means," the Italian news agency Ansa quoted Materazzi as saying after the Italian team returned to Rome.
"The whole world saw what happened on live TV," he added.
Why not tell us what you did say Marco? Even the Sun and Daily Mail have alleged on their front pages today that this is what was said.
Both newspapers are talking about this in racist terms though. This is more specific - it's Islamophobia and it's better to acknowledge that, just as if he was Jewish and insulted because of that, it would be termed anti-Semitism.
Zidane has been a symbol of unity in France as a son of Algerian immigrants. This vitriol that Materazzi is said to have poured on him will be no less significant a symbol of the way Muslims are viewed in Europe at the moment.
The difference between the two teams at lineup was stark. Seven of France's players were black or Arab, and another (Ribery) was a Muslim convert.
From the Italian side we know that goalkeeper Gigi Buffon has had his flirtations with racism. He was criticised for choosing to wear the number 88 on his shirt a few years ago, signifying 'HH' - Heil Hitler. I also remember reading an interview with him a while back where the journalist said that he was reading racist literature when he met him. For all the world I sadly can't find this piece now though I remember it clearly. In 1997, members of the national team refused while in Poland to make a visit to Auschwitz.
In a country where the Prime Minister will defend a player making a fascist salute as being "a good lad", this is perhaps to be expected. Silvio Berlusconi, who is President of AC Milan, as well owning half of the TV market, was talking about the adjacent picture of Paolo Di Canio.