05 November 2008
Newspaper pays out libel damages to Materazzi
Italian footballer Marco Materazzi has been awarded substantial damages in a libel case.
The Daily Mail, which is published by Associated Newspapers, had alleged that the he had targeted "vile racist abuse" at Zinedine Zidane during the 2006 World Cup final which resulted in Zidane head-butting him.
Claims regarding what had prompted the attack were run by the publication over a number of days, including one story which was entitled "Revealed: The insult that made Zidane see red."
Following the match, Materazzi admitted insulting Zidane but denied he had racially abused him.
A five-day trial had been due to start last month but, shortly before, Associated Newspapers - which also publishes the Metro and the Mail on Sunday - withdrew its defence.
It agreed to offer its apologies for the distress and embarrassment caused and said it would pay Materazzi substantial damages and his costs.
The precise amount of the payout is not known.