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AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso, centre with back to camera, argues with Tottenham players and staff at the end of the Champions League match between AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur at the San Siro stadium.  Milan captain Gattuso apologized for headbutting Tottenham assistant coach Joe Jordan

AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso, centre with back to camera, argues with Tottenham players and staff at the end of the Champions League match between AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur at the San Siro stadium. Milan captain Gattuso apologized for headbutting Tottenham assistant coach Joe Jordan

Jonathan Moscrop

AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso, centre with back to camera, argues with Tottenham players and staff at the end of the Champions League match between AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur at the San Siro stadium. Milan captain Gattuso apologized for headbutting Tottenham assistant coach Joe Jordan

AC Milan managing director Adriano Galliani claims the headbutting incident which yesterday saw AC Milan vice-captain Gennaro Gattuso charged with gross unsporting misconduct has been blown out of proportion.

Gattuso headbutted Tottenham coach Joe Jordan after the two sides' Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday.

Uefa have announced their control and disciplinary body will discuss the case against the 33-year-old Italian next Monday.

But Galliani believes there has been too much focus on the incident. Galliani said: “What he did was an unpleasant episode that was not good, but he was heavily provoked. Of course you should not react like that but do not condemn everything.

“Gattuso has played 104 games in Europe and has been sent off once, in 2003 after a clash with (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic, who is now his team-mate.

“In 25 years, since (Silvio) Berlusconi became president of the company, Milan's conduct has been exemplary.”

Galliani added: “We are not thinking of stripping the vice-captaincy from Gattuso.”

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Gattuso's caution in the San Siro match — awarded for a challenge on Steven Pienaar after which the Italian repeatedly hit the turf in anger — ensures he will be suspended for the return leg at White Hart Lane on March 9.

That ban is set to be extended when Uefa's control and disciplinary body meet on Monday. Uefa rules stipulate a minimum three-match ban for assault, although the governing body have the power to dole out lengthier suspensions.

Galliani said: “We will produce our defence tomorrow and ask for Gattuso's behaviour over 104 games to be taken into account.”


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