Tottenham coach Joe Jordan insists he made no racial slur against AC Milan hot head Gennaro Gattuso and branded the claims "nonsense".
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The midfielder headbutted Jordan after Tottenham’s 1-0 Champions League victory on Tuesday, having earlier grabbed the Spurs coach by the throat.
The clash was picked up by television and UEFA immediately launched an investigation, promptly charging the former Italy international with gross unsporting conduct.
The player’s agent and his club have insinuated that Jordan provoked Gattuso, and possibly with a racist comment.
But Jordan, who himself played for AC Milan during his own career, has strenously denied this.
"It’s just a nonsense, it really is," Jordan told the Daily Mail.
"It’s a figment of his imagination and, I have to say, not a great imagination, at that.
"If he wanted to try and explain his behaviour, you would have thought he might have come up with something better than that.
"It’s pathetic. Completely and utterly untrue and quite pathetic. He will have to address his conduct overall, and account for himself to UEFA, but the allegation he has made is something else. I’m not having that, because Italy has played an important part in my life and will continue to.
"Milan are an exceptional club and I consider myself very fortunate to have played for them. I had plenty of high points in my career, but signing for them was the best thing I did. They gave me a chapter in my career I always hankered after, a spell playing abroad, and I could not have picked a better club.
"I love Italy and have always had an affinity with the people. Does that sound like someone who would come out with the sort of line Gattuso has got his agent to say? I just find it pathetic on his part, I really do."