Saturday 27 May 2017

Gattuso given four-match Euro ban for 'assaulting' Spurs' Jordan

John Ley

Genaro Gattuso has been handed a four-match European ban by Uefa for "assaulting" Tottenham coach Joe Jordan following last week's Champions League tie at San Siro.

The AC Milan vice-captain clashed twice with Jordan, first during the game and then after the 1-0 defeat, when he butted the 59-year-old Scot.

A Uefa statement read: "The control and disciplinary body ruled that Gattuso had assaulted Joe Jordan, after the match.

"Gattuso, who was also cautioned in the 76th minute of the game, is already suspended for the return leg of the Champions League tie against Tottenham after receiving three yellow cards.

"Consequently, the four-match suspension applies to the next four Uefa club competition matches for which he would be eligible."

Milan have confirmed that they will not appeal against the decision and Spurs manager Harry Redknapp insisted the matter was forgotten.

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"I don't know what happened," said Redknapp. "I've met him before, when I managed a team out there for a charity game and he played for me. He was a great lad and I thought at the time what a fantastic boy he was.

"But he just lost his head on the day. He has been a great player for Milan.

"He apologised after; he was out of order and made a mistake, but it's forgotten now as far as we're concerned.

"It was a one-off, bad day. Hopefully it will be forgotten. He's got his punishment and that's the end of it. We'll move on.

"For whatever reason he had a bad day and he had a bit of needle with the world that day. We all have days like that. I thought he was coming over to apologise, to say sorry to Joe for pushing him, but he was still hyped up for some reason."

The ban means Gattuso (33) will not be available until the final, should Milan get that far.

Gattuso later apologised, but his agent, Claudio Pasqualin, claimed that Jordan, a former Milan player, had used provocative language towards the midfielder prior to their clash, calling him an "Italian b*****d".

Jordan responded at the time by saying: "To come up with something like that is pathetic. It is completely and utterly untrue and something so wildly inaccurate doesn't do him much credit.

"He clearly doesn't realise I consider playing for Milan the proudest time of my career, that my daughter lives and works in Italy and that I love the country and the people." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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