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Milan’s Gennaro Gattuso: UEFA Ban Is Like A Prison Sentence

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Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has spoken about the four-match ban handed to him by UEFA for ‘gross sporting misconduct’ during the Rossoneri’s 1-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at San Siro last week.

After the Diavoli’s defeat in the first-leg of their last 16 clash in the Champions League, Gattuso lost his cool and clashed with Spurs assistant manager Joe Jordan.

Gattuso, who was already suspended for the return leg at White Hart Lane, was handed a four-match ban for his actions.

“I made a fool out of myself, but respect is important,” he said during an interview with the television program Le Iene. “They gave me a five-match ban but to me it feels like a month in prison.

“I want to watch the second leg but was advised not to as there are 37,000 fans over there [White Heart Lane] and I would probably return to Milan with my face swollen from 37,000 slaps!

“Antonio Cassano said to me, ‘What a great example you have set, I should be your mentor!’

“My motto is ‘show respect to those who show respect to you.’ I went over to Joe Jordan after the final whistle and he took of his glasses in a show of defiance and started shouting profanity at me.”

Speaking on the argument in the tunnel between him and Sebastien Bassong, the 33-year-old revealed, “Bassong got involved and said ‘you and me.’ So I stood my ground and we got together in the players’ tunnel.”

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Milan’s Gennaro Gattuso: UEFA Ban Is Like A Prison Sentence

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