Gattuso set for lengthy ban after headbutting Spurs coach
Published 16/02/2011 | 07:50
Gennaro Gattuso could be facing a lengthy European ban after his headbutt on Joe Jordan took the gloss off Tottenham's fine 1-0 win over AC Milan at the San Siro last night.
Spurs wrote another chapter in what has already been a remarkable debut season in the Champions League when they beat the seven-time European Champions thanks to Peter Crouch's 80th-minute winner.
The first leg was over-shadowed, though, by ugly scenes that dogged the match throughout.
Matthieu Flamini was extremely lucky to escape with only a yellow card for a flying two-footed challenge on Vedran Corluka and Gattuso headbutted Jordan after the final whistle.
The former Rangers midfielder also squared up to the Spurs assistant coach and pushed him in the face on the touchline during a frenetic second half.
The 32-year-old combative midfielder picked up a yellow card in the second half, meaning he will miss the second leg of the last-16 tie next month, but he may yet be banned for longer.
"I lost control. There is no excuse for what I did. I take my responsibilities for that," Gattuso said after the match.
"I was nervous. I didn't want to argue with players and I did it with him, but I was wrong to do what I have done."