first_imgZidane, wearing an Indian-style band-gala, was cautious Zidane, wearing an Indian-style band-gala, was cautious when talking about politics, FIFA scandal or racism in football. “Euro is a great competition. Its a moment of unity (for the continent),” he said when asked about the terrorist attack on Paris some months ago. “I dont want to talk about it. I dont want to be disturbed by what we hear every day,” was the way he put it to the interpreter in French while answering queries on the corruption scandal that has enveloped the world governing body for the game. On racism, Zidane — nicknamed Zizou — said he had not experienced it, though it did exist in the football world. “It exists, but I have not faced it. But I cannot imagine life without a mix of origins (in and out of football),” said the France-born son of Algerian immigrants. He steered clear of the controversy over racism surrounding the French team picked for Euro 2016 that commenced today in his home country. “I respect the selection of the team. France team may be young, but the players in it are experienced playing in different leagues. They have the capacity to win the tournament. “I dont think they will be under any additional pressure playing at home,” he added. He also did not commit himself when asked who he would back to win the Euro 2016 although he indicated that Belgium appeared to be well-balanced. “It depends on how the teams begin in the competition. Everybody is ready to go. Belgium is one of the excellent teams,” he remarked. Asked what he had seen in Mumbai, he said he had come only yesterday and was committed to the task on hand till today. “I am happy with the welcome we received on arrival here. It was on expected lines. I am free (to explore) from tomorrow. Its an opportunity to discover India as this is my first visit,” he said. PTI SSR NP PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more