AC Milan’s Gennaro Gattuso Chokes, Headbutts Tottenham Coach (Videos)

It wasn’t AC Milan’s day today as they fell to Tottenham by a score of 1-0 during the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 match-up.

After a scoreless first half, the Rossoneri dominated the run of play for much of the second half, but couldn’t capitalize on their chances.  Tottenham, on the other hand, made the most of their chance when Peter Crouch slid home a pass from teammate Aaron Lennon to put the Spurs up 1-0 in the 80th minute.  They would hold on from there for the crucial away victory.

With nothing working on offense, frustrations began to boil over for the Italian club.  It all started in the 58th minute, when Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso came face-to-face with Tottenham coach Joe Jordan before pushing him away with a shot to the neck.  At the conclusion of the game, the two would exchange words for a second time before Gattuso initiated contact once again, this time with a headbutt.  The man that some refer to as “the Italian pitbull” had to be restrained immediately before things escalated.

Gattuso will not be in the line-up when these two teams meet for the second leg at White Hart Lane in three weeks time, but we still expect it to be quite the interesting contest.  Here is a look at both incidents from today’s game.

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