Bassong tunnel row adds to Italian's woe

The milan captain Gennaro Gattuso had to be restrained in the tunnel on Tuesday night after trying to attack Tottenham's Sébastien Bassong following their 1-0 win in San Siro, and it now looks certain that Gattuso will face further Uefa sanctions.

It is understood that the Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic intervened between Gattuso and Bassong in the tunnel, picking up one player under each arm to separate them. For all the bad feeling between the two sides, Ibrahimovic's actions calmed the situation and his directness – not to mention his strength – were the source of some amusement among the players.

The governing body are prone to turn a blind eye to tunnel rows that take place away from the cameras but they will not be able to ignore the Italian's headbutt of Spurs' first-team coach Joe Jordan. Uefa said yesterday that their disciplinary body would look at the incident although Gattuso is already banned for the return leg on 9 March having picked up a booking in the game.

However, there will be no further punishment for Mathieu Flamini for his ill-judged two-footed lunge on Vedran Corluka in the second half which resulted in the Croatian being carried off on a stretcher. Uefa confirmed that the booking he was given at the time by French referee Stéphane Lannoy meant that no further action could be taken.

Having refused to divulge what was said by Jordan to him on Tuesday night, Gattuso's agent alleged on an Italian radio station yesterday that his client had been called a "fucking Italian bastard" by Jordan. Claudio Pasqualin said: "For someone like Rino, who has a strong sense of belonging to Italy, I think this is the most cowardly and unspeakable of insults."

Jordan has refused to comment on what was said between the two. However, it would seem that he was anticipating a confrontation at the end of the game because the Scot removed his glasses at the final whistle shortly before Gattuso sought him out to go nose-to-nose.

In an interview with talkSport radio yesterday, Redknapp raised the stakes ahead of the return leg at White Hart Lane when he said that he could not envisage many of the Milan players getting into his Spurs team. "I'm not underestimating Milan, as we've got the second leg to come, but there aren't that many players there that you'd really clamour to get in your team," Redknapp said.

On the confrontation between Gattuso and Jordan, Redknapp said: "When he came over at the end of the game, I thought he was going to apologise to Joe. I shook hands with him, I thought he was OK and realised he'd made a mistake. Next thing I know he's nutted Joe. Not that it had much effect on him, all them balls he's headed over the years.

"Joe's the quietest man in the world, but a very hard man. You wouldn't want to pick an argument with him. But he's the loveliest guy you could ever wish to meet. I don't know what happened with Gattuso – he lost his head over something."



Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions