This is the outrageous moment AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso HEAD-BUTTS Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager Joe Jordan following a fiery Champions League clash at the San Siro.
Gattuso confronted Scotsman Jordan following Milan’s 1-0 defeat last night and, as the two exchanged words, the Italian head-butted the 59-year-old.
An ugly melee then ensued as players and staff tried to restrain the furious shirtless Milan star who was showing no signs of relenting.
Jordan, a fearless player in his day, stood his ground as the situation threatened to overshadow Spurs’ historic victory – which came courtesy of a Peter Crouch strike late in the second-half.
The outrageous incident became a hot topic on Twitter – with journalists and fans sharing their displeasure at Gattuso’s actions. Jordan became the subject of a series of Chuck Norris-based jokes as Guttuso cemented his reputation as one of the game’s biggest villains.
Speaking after the match, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp praised his team’s effort – and had time to joke about the post-match scuffle.
He told Sky Sports: “Gattuso obviously hadn’t done his homework.
“I know who I’d pick between Joe Jordan and Gennaro Gattuso … Joe all night long. All night long.
“He’s lucky he didn’t take his teeth out!”
Sky pundit Graeme Souness remarked that he’d love to see the two in a room and that Gattuso wouldn’t last five minutes.
The whole incident was triggered following an earlier touchline scuffle between Gattuso and Jordan – which saw the Italian lose his temper, pushing Spurs’ assistant manager in the throat.
Gattuso was then involved in two on-field altercations with beanpole striker Peter Crouch before being booked for a challenge on Steven Pienaar.
The midfielder, who is now suspended for the return leg, has since apologised for his actions and claimed Jordan had been in his face for the whole of the match.
He said: “I lost my head, and assume all responsibilities for my actions.
“For the whole match, he aggravated me. He said too many words in Scottish that I don’t wish to reiterate but this does not justify my reaction. I will await the decision Uefa hand down to me.
“I wasn’t nervous. Had I been nervous, I would have fought with a player on the pitch rather than a person off it.”