Joe Jordan rejects claims by headbutter Gattuso

AFP , Friday 18 Feb 2011

War of words between Tottenham coach Jordan and Milan midfielder Gattuso

Joe Jordan & Gattuso

Tottenham coach Joe Jordan has rubbished claims by Gennaro Gattuso that a racist remark was to blame for the AC Milan midfielder's headbutt on the Scot earlier this week.

Gattuso has been charged with "gross unsporting conduct" by UEFA after headbutting former Milan striker Jordan following Spurs' 1-0 Champions League last-16 first-leg win at the San Siro on Tuesday.

His agent Claudio Pasqualin claimed Jordan had called him an "Italian bastard" but the Scot has rubbished those allegations.

"To come up with something like that is pathetic," Jordan told the Daily Mail on Friday. "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.

"It's just a nonsense, it really is."

Gattuso cut a frustrated figure during the defeat to Tottenham Tuesday and regularly squared up to beanpole striker Peter Crouch after challenges between the pair.

He also argued with Jordan on the touchline before pushing the former Milan player in the neck. It was after the game that the Italian ran over to confront Jordan again before head-butting the 59-year-old.

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