Tottenham coach Joe Jordan has branded Gennaro Gattuso ''pathetic'' after the AC Milan midfielder claimed a racist remark provoked his headbutt when the two teams clashed this week at the San Siro.
Gattuso has been charged with ''gross unsporting conduct'' by UEFA after headbutting former Milan striker Jordan following Spurs' 1-0 Champions League last-16 first-leg win on Tuesday and UEFA's control and disciplinary body will discuss the case against the 33-year-old Italian on February 21.
Gattuso's agent Claudio Pasqualin claimed Jordan had called him an ''Italian b******'' but the Scot has rubbished those allegations.
''To come up with something like that is pathetic,'' Jordan told the Daily Mail. ''It is completely and utterly untrue and something so wildly inaccurate doesn't do him much credit.
''He clearly doesn't realise I consider playing for Milan the proudest time of my career, that my daughter lives and works in Italy and that I love the country and the people. It's just a nonsense, it really is.''