Joe Jordan vs Gennaro Gattuso

by Ben McAleer

Friday, February 18th, 2011
 

Joe Jordan can slam a revolving door, Joe Jordan washes his eyes with tobasco sauce, there is no such thing as global warming, Joe Jordan got cold so he turned the sun up – these were some of the tweets of football fans everywhere following Tottenham’s emphatic 1-0 win over AC Milan on Tuesday Night. In a game that many were predicting an AC Milan victory, Tottenham pulled a vital win out of the bag thus giving the North London outfit the upper hand in the return leg at White Hart Lane in March.

Yet, the game was marred by the actions of AC Milan ‘hardman’ Gennaro Guttuso who took his anger out on the 59 year-old via the means of a hand round the throat of the Tottenham coach followed by a head-butt to the Scotsman following the final whistle. Gattuso, or ‘Growl’ to sections of the AC Milan faithful, was subsequently booked for his actions and will miss the return leg but behaviour of the 33 year-old was nothing short of pathetic. Gattuso would have looked more comfortable in a pub brawl rather than his on-field post-match antics. Yet, the whole affair has bought about a deeper meaning following the ridiculous behaviour of the Italian.

Gattuso himself looked a shade of his former playing days with Rangers and his early Milan years whilst ageing team-mate Clarence Seedorf, ineffectual in the opening 45 minutes, was replaced at half-time for the much younger Alexandre Pato with the injection of youth adding to the quality Milan were lacking in the first half. The likes of Alessandro Nesta, Gattuso, Seedorf, Massimmo Ambrossini, Andrea Pirlo and Christian Abbiatti are all the wrong side of 30 and look a shade of their former selves.

Nesta has managed to provide the necessary stability in the Milan backline but his improved performances came at a cost (injuries forced Nesta into pre-mature international retirement in order to prolong his club career) whilst the likes of Pirlo, Seedorf and Ambrossini still possess the ability to play at club level but the cracks that come with age are beginning to show.

Nonetheless, Allegri must not panic about the ageism factor with the likes of Thiago Silva, Kevin Prince-Boateng, Urby Emanuelson and Mathieu Flamini all able to fill the gaps that will, eventually, be left by the old guard.

Anyway, back to the matter at hand and that of the Jordan – Gattuso showdown, Gattuso’s agent has made allegations against Jordan about the latter being racist to the former in order to provoke a response. Personally, I believe Gattuso’s agent (Claudio Pasqualin) is blowing smoke without fire and attempting to take the spotlight off his client like any agent would do. Unfortunately for Pasqualin, Gattuso already, rightfully, admitted he made a mistake launching his violent tirade towards the aptly named ‘Jaws’ (a nickname Jordan picked up from his toothless playing days) and clearly forgot Jordan spent two season with Milan back in the early 80’s.

Nonetheless, Gattuso was booked for his outburst (yes, only a yellow card) and will miss the return leg in March whilst UEFA have charged the Italian with ‘gross unsporting misconduct’, a crime that will be severely punished in the eyes of the European football body. Let’s hope Gattuso learns from his actions and learns to curb his temper otherwise his career will forever be tarnished with incidents like Tuesday night rather than the trophies he has won in Italy. Hopefully the Italian will also learn not to mess with Joe Jordan in the future because we all know ‘Jaws’ can divide by zero and once beat a wall in a game of tennis.

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  • KrakowJosh

    Gattuso’s yellow card was for a foul on Steven Pienaar

  • http://thebeautifulgameweekly.blogspot.com/ Ben McAleer

    Ah yes, got my facts incorrect, I do apologise

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