Gattuso faces sanction over Leonardo 'insults' during title celebration

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Milan's combative midfielder Gennaro Gattuso was in trouble again yesterday after an amateur video emerged of him making insulting remarks about Internazionale coach Leonardo.

Gattuso, banned for four European matches for headbutting Tottenham Hotspur's assistant coach Joe Jordan in their Champions League last-16 tie in February, was celebrating Milan's league title triumph on Saturday when he unleashed the expletives.

The World Cup-winner had been critical in the past of Leonardo's decision to join Inter in December after 13 years as a player, director and coach at bitter rivals Milan.

The usually mild-mannered Leonardo was not amused by the latest outburst. "The day I decided to leave Milan, Gattuso said to me that I had at least been coherent in my choice. But today I read he still wants to give his own version of events," the Brazilian said. "I would very much like to know what he has to say, since neither on the phone nor in person has that ever been possible."

Milan, delighted at ending Inter's five-year reign as Serie A champions, could meet their rivals in the Italian Cup final if they both get through this week's semi-final second legs. "It doesn't seem a particularly dramatic incident," Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani said amid speculation the Italian football federation may launch an inquiry into Gattuso's outburst after the 0-0 draw at Roma.

Napoli's hopes of sealing the third automatic Champions League slot in Serie A were hit when their striker Edinson Cavani was banned yesterday for the last two matches.

The Uruguayan, who has been linked with a move to Manchester City, will also miss the first game of next season after the league said he would be banned for three games for being sent off in Sunday's loss to Lecce and sarcastically reacting to the referee's decision to book him twice. Napoli need just a point at home to Inter on Sunday or at Juventus on the final game to secure the third spot.

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