Gattuso handed four-match ban for headbutting Spurs coach Jordan
Gennaro Gattuso has been hit with a four-match ban after UEFA ruled he 'assaulted' Joe Jordan following Spurs' 1-0 win over AC Milan last Tuesday.
The 33-year-old former Rangers midfielder is already suspended for the return leg at White Hart Lane on March 9, so will miss five European matches in total.
But, despite shoving and headbutting the Tottenham assistant coach as he stood on the sidelines, the Italian World Cup winner would be eligible for the Champions League Final at Wembley on May 28 should Milan qualify.
Angry man: Gennaro Gattuso grabs Tottenham coach Joe Jordan during their spat
A UEFA statement said: 'The Control and Disciplinary body ruled that Gattuso had assaulted the Tottenham Hotspur assistant coach Joe Jordan after the match.'
Milan have confirmed they will not appeal against the decision.
The Italian's agent, Claudio Pasqualin, alleged that Gattuso had been provoked after Jordan, a former Milan striker, called him 'a f***** Italian b******', a claim the Scot vehemently denied.
A disgusted Jordan told Sportsmail afterwards: '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.'
Gattuso apologised through the media following the astonishing flare-up, but Spurs boss Harry Redknapp said the Italian had not said sorry to Jordan personally.
Redknapp said: 'Joe wouldn't insult anyone Italian because he loves it (out there).
'He (Gattuso) just lost his head on the day. I don't know what happened (but) he was out of order.
Up close and personal: Jordan (left) gets it in the neck from Gattuso last week
'It's forgotten now - he's had a great career and it was a one-off.'
Gattuso headbutted Jordan at the end
of the San Siro clash, having earlier grabbed hold of the former
Scotland international in a touchline row.
The first spat occurred after Spurs full-back Vedran Corluka was carried off following a two-footed tackle by Mathieu Flamini, which resulted only in a yellow card.
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