That is the view of leading sports lawyer Mel Goldberg, who believes the sport´s world governing body will have difficulty proving a case of serious provocation against the Italy defender unless other players come forward or the video evidence is conclusively lip-read.
Goldberg told PA Sport: "It is one man´s word against another. No-one will know who is telling the truth. Something was said which made Zidane lose his cool, and I would guess that Zidane is likely to have been more accurate (over what was said) than Materazzi."
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