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Gattuso to stay away from Tottenham

Gennaro Gattuso has revealed he has been advised to stay away when AC Milan face Tottenham in the Champions League on March 9.

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Gattuso was hit with a four-match ban by UEFA for his clash with Tottenham coach Joe Jordan at the end of Spurs' brilliant 1-0 win at the San Siro.

The midfielder will have to watch the return leg at White Hart Lane from the sidelines and it was in the stands at White Hart Lane that he wanted to take in the game from, but he has been advised to stay away for his own safety.

"I would like to go to White Hart Lane for the second leg but I have been advised not to," Gattuso is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail. "I have been told there will be 47,000 people there just waiting to give me a slap."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been painted as the peacemaker after stepping between Gattuso and Sebastien Bassong in the tunnel, but he feels the Swede would not have been much help between himself and Jordan.

He said: "It was lucky Zlatan Ibrahimovic was not by my side when the confrontation with Jordan happened. If he had been the fight would still be going on.

"When I went towards Jordan at the end of the game he took off his glasses like he was ready for a challenge. He was screaming the 'f' word at me repeatedly."


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