Monday, 21 February 2011

Gattuso receives four match ban

Milan hardman Genaro Gattuso has been handed a 4 game european ban by UEFA for his clash with Joe Jordan in the recent Champions League match between AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur.

Tempers were running high in the match with Gattuso having already received a yellow card for his aggressive play along with Flamini putting in a reckless, 2 footed challenge on Verdran Corluka which resulted in just a yellow card for the former Arsenal man.

This boiled over at the final whistle and resulted in a melee in front of the dugout involving many players and officials, which ended with Gattuso headbutting Tottenham coach Joe Jordan.

UEFA will feel as though they have done their duty by banning Gattuso for 4 games but the question does need to be asked, if this was an English club, would the punishment have been more severe?

Didier Drogba received a similar ban simply for swearing towards a TV camera, something which is neither dangerous or overtly violent. UEFA's and particularly Monsieur Platini's dislike of English football is well documented and you have to wonder whether he would have gotten more involved had it been the other way around.

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