17 Feb 2011

UEFA opens case against Gattuso

6:25 am on 17 February 2011

The European Football Union has opened a case against the AC Milan captain Gennaro Gattuso who could face a lengthy ban for his headbutt yesterday on Tottenham Hotspur's assistant coach Joe Jordan.

Gattuso grabbed Jordan by the throat and pushed him on the touchline during the Champions League last 16 first leg game in Milan, which Tottenham won 1-0, and headbutted him after the final whistle before being pulled away by team mates.

The 33-year-old former Italian midfielder later apologised for what he called "inexcusable" behaviour, claiming he'd been sworn at by Jordan for the whole of the second half.

Gattuso has already been suspended for the return match against Spurs on the 9th of March after being booked yesterday for a foul.