AC Milan's Gennaro Gattuso didn't avoid a UEFA assault charge for his actions during the team's 1-0 Champions League home loss to Tottenham Hotspur last week, which included pushing in the throat and then headbutting Tottenham's 59 year-old coach Joe Jordan. European football's ruling body has having down a pretty stiff punishment to the Italian midfielder, who's been suspended from European competition for four games (not including his one-game ban for yellow card accumulation). From UEFA's website:
AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has been suspended for four UEFA club competition matches by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body, following incidents that took place at last Tuesday's UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg against Tottenham Hotspur FC in Italy.
The Control and Disciplinary body ruled that Gattuso had assaulted the Tottenham Hotspur assistant coach Joe Jordan after the match.
Milan's midfield was looking fairly ponderous as Tottenham soaked up pressure and hit them on the counterattack at the San Siro, and losing Gattuso for the return leg at White Hart Lane in two weeks certainly won't help matters. With Tottenham favoured to advanced to the Champions League semi-finals, Gattuso could find himself facing a long UEFA suspension for next year's group stages, with Milan still set to qualify for Europe's top competition via their league position.