UEFA has opened a disciplinary investigation against AC Milan captain Gennaro Gattuso after he head-butted a Tottenham assistant coach at the end of a heated Champions League match.
UEFA’s disciplinary panel will hear the case against Gattuso and Milan, which is responsible for its players’ behavior, next Monday.
Gattuso apologized for butting Spurs assistant Joe Jordan after the final whistle of the last-16 match won 1-0 by Tottenham at the San Siro in Milan on Tuesday.
“I take full responsibility. I was wound up after exchanging words with Jordan,” Gattuso, who used to play for Rangers, told Italian news agency ANSA. “We were both speaking Scottish, something that I learned when I played in his home city of Glasgow, but I can’t tell you what we said. I will have to await what (UEFA) decide.”
Gattuso was involved in an earlier sideline altercation with Jordan, a former Milan player. He was also booked for a separate incident and will miss the second leg in London on March 9.
UEFA disciplinary rules call for a further ban of at least three matches from European competitions “for assaulting players or others present at the match.”
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