February 16th, 2011

Gennaro Gattuso: A Very Angry Man

Gennaro mistakes Joe Jordan for one of the Dirty Sanchez boys. It can only get worse from here. Image: Reuters/Daylife.

There aren’t many things that inspire our staffers to submit work that hasn’t been demanded of them. We usually rely on outright bribery (the most effective combination of items that gets them off the office sofa and churn out some copy includes vodka and Crunchie ice creams, just soes you noes) to bring you your daily dose of irreverent football gossip and snarking.

Today we learned that angry men have much the same impact. Instead of having to wait until tomorrow’s Champions League Results** to learn about Gennaro Gattuso’s red mist last night, you can avail yourself of the highlights now.

Last night proved difficult for AC Milan, who squared off with a Spurs team familiar with the intimidating atmosphere of the San Siro. The only good cheer on the horizon for the Rossoneri was the absence of Gareth Bale, who apparently strikes the same fear into the heart of the average twenty something Italian male as a threat to confiscate their moped.

Image: Getty Images/Zimbio.

Experienced captain Gattuso fared well during the first half, limiting his contribution to the odd clearance and a bit of running about. However, with speculation mounting (in the Kickette office) that his half time orange juice was spiked, he returned to the pitch to yap around the knees of Peter Crouch (above) like an angry Yorkshire Terrier. He also had a frank exchange of views with assistant Spurs coach Joe Jordan before grabbing him around the throat (top).

Image: Getty Images/Zimbio.

Being yellow carded merely fanned the flames of Rino’s fury, and moments after the final whistle blew was seen toplessly headbutting the unfortunate Jordan on the touchline; an action which has seen him become the subject of UEFA disciplinary proceedings.

Kickettes, assuming that you appreciate the light-hearted humour with which we have approached this serious infraction, does a small part of you appreciate such passion in the game (while obviously not approving of it) or do you think Rino made a total asshat of himself and should be banned? Tell us.

**We shall make up for our efficiency tomorrow, when the Results post will inevitably be substandard, factually incorrect and filled with typos.**

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53 Responses to “Gennaro Gattuso: A Very Angry Man”

  1. zippity says:

    Asshat yes, but at least he had the decency to remove his shirt before his lengthly on-camera appearance. I saw Ibra's shirt-off shot too; work of art those abs…

  2. FJoe says:

    I swear I'll bitch slap Joe Jordan if ever I see him

  3. LoveIsSpelled_I_K_E_R says:

    OK “Gattuso yapping around Crouch’s knees like an angry Yorkshire Terrier”??!?!?!? This made me spit hot tea…on my laptop screen…through my nose. Kickette you should warn readers before putting together such brilliant combinations of words.
    Moving on. I’m not usually an Italian lover, and don’t appreciate it when players ruin the beautiful game with anger attacks such as these, instead of showing what magic they are capable of with only 2 feet and a ball(referring to the thing they kick around….nothing else).
    This being said….Gattuso was hot-hot-HOOOOOOOOT!!! Ohhh how I would get caught up in a “fight” with him! I mean cmon! Did you not see all that raw manliness and outright passion!!??!? I didn’t even care that he was throwing a tantrum that wasn’t called for. I was just concentrating on keeping my heart beating while he was his shirtless self was trying to get a punch through.
    And like some kickettes already noted earlier, it’s always a tiny bit more enjoyable when there are extreme and emotion filled moments like these during a game ;)

  4. kioko says:

    "whisper" ,,,,, do it again Gattuso. he!he!he!he!

  5. Camille says:

    so i know this (almost) has nothing to do with the post but……..
    did anybody catch a glimpse at ibra's abs after the attack on joe jordan??????

    just food for thought
    :) )

  6. Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

    I'm so glad my kids didn't see that game. Even my three-year old knows better than behaving like that. I don't know the mental age of Gattusso, though. I don't care if your name is Zidane, Gattusso, or Zlatan for that matter. You should know better.

  7. JoleenMean says:

    Does that mean that you have a cousin who looks like Jamie Redknapp? :)

  8. Tricia says:

    The funniest thing I read was that Joe Jordan had said something to Gattuso "in Scottish". LOL!

    I love a hard man, can't deny it. :p Gattuso is the only player who comes close to my Keano in terms of heat, passion, occasional flights of idiocy and general bonk-worthiness. Grrrrrrrrrr…………………………………..

  9. Zahara says:

    gattuso shouldnt have done that. but its also clearly that joe guys fault too so all the blame cant be put on gattuso.

    on the bright side, there are few things in this world that are hotter than an angry italian who is quite easy on the eyes and shirtless.


  10. Kristina says:

    Shame on him! And I don't care one bit what Jordan said.

  11. ashmenon says:

    Well, look on the bright side, he picked someone of his own height (or lack thereof). If he had gone after Crouch, it would've been a headbutt to the balls.

    I saw the Flamini tackle on YouTube, and I have to say, I agree with the refs. Vile as it was, he WAS going for the ball.

  12. I love Harry Redknapp because he looks like an angry, slightly apopleptic loveable and irascible English bulldog and he is a damned good coach and father figure to these working class lads. I love Gattuso because he is out of control. I love Spurs more and am thinking of moving to North London to show my devotion. Aaron Lennon gives gloves a whole new meaning.

  13. FloraJane says:

    He definitely deserves a quite lengthy ban. Saying that there is passion in football is no excuse for his behavior.

  14. jess gourcuff says:

    still love gattuso! love him

  15. Ruthanne says:

    Has anyone seen the italian show where Gattuso got punked? Yikes.

    • k22milan says:

      Yes, that that just went crazy. He got so mad. They had to chase him down to tell him it was joke, didn't they?
      Off topic, but Massimo Oddo getting punked on that show may have been one of the sweetest things I've ever seen. Now I don't know Italian but I watched it multiple times, and from the body moments and what I understood from the comments on the youtube video, it was him thinking that his wife cheated on him or something like that.

  16. Lilly says:

    Oh come on. Stuff like that happens more often than you'd like to think.
    Maybe coaching staff should learn to be more respectful too. I know Gattuso is aggressive, but he can't be a complete idiot who just goes round attacking people. That guy must have really gone far.
    Footballers are professionals and they are role models, but they are not yogis and it's normal that in a game where the stakes are high they can lose control. They are caught up in the heat of the game. On the contrary, the coaching assistants can -and should- keep a cool head. They are watching from the sidelines, they are not the ones busting their a**es on the pitch. Their job isn't to trashtalk players of the opposing team in order to wind them up.

    • Deb Stimson says:

      Assuming Jordan was talking trash, do you seriously think he limited it to Gattuso? And yet, Gattuso was the only one who acted in such a violent manner.

      And, as I stated earlier, just because that isn't the first time it's happened doesn't excuse his behavior.

    • Kioko says:

      huyu mjamaa yaani ni noma sana, Like the way he roll applies the force.

  17. LuvinBale says:

    I was happy to see that for the most part (not including VdV or Bassong) the Tottenham boys kept their composure and scored a brilliant goal on AC Milan. That's how you fight back- you win the game. Not injure another player or attack people who aren't on the pitch.

    On a side note- Zlatan's reaction to this whole debacle was priceless at the end of the game.
    First he took hist shirt off and pulled hi shorts down a bit so you could see the yummy hip dips. I re-winded the DVR three times.
    Second his face had a look of – this is so ridiculous. And he completely walks by the commotion and goes right down the tunnel. LOVE HIM!!!

  18. Devilish-x says:

    One hand it was slightly hilarious watching Rino attempting to square up to Crouch's belly-button.
    Whilst on the other hand you were left thinking.. what the freak.
    Seriously, saying you "lost control" was kind of the understatement of the year;
    Blimey.. I do hope UEFA take action because seeing a hench defender literally going for an elder member of the coaching staff is not something you want to be seeing

  19. ThatWelshOne says:

    Was anyone else thinking "Disgusting behaviour….but at least he had the courtesy to take his top off!"

  20. Gabs says:

    Gattuso has always reacted like this but let's face it, that is why he's so attractive at least to me. On the other hand the referee should have given him a red. All and all I do appreciate de passion,it's always secretly fun to watch a game with this kind of action.

  21. NinaNoir says:

    The tantrums Gattuso was throwing the whole second period were quite amusing and completely unnecessary. While I find a man with a temper can be very attractive (here's looking at you, the Raging Ramos) Gattuso was just wound up for no good reason. An expulsion would be in place, emotions need to be in control on the pitch.

    As for Flamini, that tackle was vile. I can't believe he wasn't carded.

    • LuvinBale says:

      Totally agree.
      That was a two footed – spikes up tackle on Corluka. That was not necessary- now Big C is injured. That is the last thing we need right now.

      Gattuso made a complete mockery of a wonderful where two very talented teams had a chance to show everyone why it is called the beautiful game. Now he is just a laughing stock. And I hope we beat them again when we play at home.

    • Diavolina says:

      You know, you made me think of something. When Sergio Ramos shoved Carles Puyol, his national teammate, to the ground during El Clasico, AFTER shoving the ref, everyone here was so quick to jump to his defense because it was "a heated game" and a "big game" and he "lost his head." Same justification given for David Villa going around slapping people on the pitch. Now. Could someone please explain why such behaviour is acceptable for certain players but not for others? Why does there seem to be some sort of double standard in place?

      • xoWinnie says:

        lmfao! i just laughed at your reference to Villa bitch-slapping people up and down the pitch. honestly what a jackass. he does that because he thinks he can get away with it. i think Gattuso lost his head, but he also does that a lot. he needs to calm down and has had that need practically his whole career. he is known to flip shit for the littlest thing. i think that's why he cannot be defended in this case, well he can be. i just think he shouldn't really be. but i'll be honest, i'm hella biased when it comes to the Ramos, so i can't even talk lol

  22. sonzieee says:

    asshat indeed.

  23. Sandra says:

    Am I the only one who finds really funny that Gattuso looks so small beside Crouch :P
    But anyway, this was very immature, wasn't he thinking that there were many children watching this game last night.
    Stupid guy.

    • Summer says:

      You're wrong when you say stupid guy. This isn't the first time that happens what has happened yesterday, especially in Serie A. I know that isn't good especially for young children who want to go to the stadium and enjoy themselves with their families, but unfortunately it's frequent these behaviors from the players and also from the supporters who go to the stadium. I have some examples: 1)Last Sunday two players one of Roma (I don't remember his name) and the other of Naples (Lavezzi) spit to each other during the match. 2)Inter's player Christian Chivu pulled a fist to another player of Bari. 3)Inter's player Samuel Eto'o did a few months ago the same thing that Zidane did with Materazzi. But these things don't happen only in Italian Championship but also in EPL (I remember what KP Boaeteng did during the Final of FAcup Chelsea against Porthsmouth, against Chelsea's former player Michael Ballack) and in the other Championships.

      • Deb Stimson says:

        Summer, just because it's happened before still doesn't make it right.

        Although, I don't know if "stupid" is the word I would use to describe his actions…"immature" maybe?

    • Kleon says:

      I find the picture very funny too!!!!

  24. laligaforladies says:

    First of all, image of Gattuso yapping around Crouch's knees like an angry Yorkshire Terrier is brilliant. I love you Kickette.

    While I can see the amusing side of the situation, this kind of behaviour is just not cool. I'm sure he was provoked, but learning to deal with insults and taunts maturely is part of being a professional footballer. If Gattuso needs to be reminded of that, then he definitely should be banned for a while.

  25. Summer says:

    Who doesn't know him can't know that there is more than what he has shown yesterday…Fortunately our Italians aren't all like Gattuso. But yes, surely Jordan said to him something….

  26. I understand that the players may become a litte passionate to help improve the teams fighting spirit. Gattuso has gone too far. It's like he didn't know how to stop! I hate to see the head butting! It is so animalistic, but not in a sexy-beast kind of way. This should not be accepted at all. I think that if a player assaults a ref or someone on the coaching staff they should be removed from the game and miss the next game and pay a fine. Period.

  27. Rossanera says:

    While I don't condone my Captain's behaviour and think it was shameful and unsportsmanlike, remember there are two sides to every story. The Guardian reported this morning that apparently Jordan had been "winding him up" throughout the match and called him a "fucking Italian bastard."

    If people can applaud Zidane's headbutt of the Matrix in the 2006 WC final after HE provoked Zidane with racist comments, then the events which precipitated Ringhio's spectacular display of rage should also be given consideration …

    … all in all, just a sad, sorry sight, not what I like to see in the game.

    • Jo_ says:

      I didn't know that some folks were in favour of the Zidabe headbutt. Still think it was one of the most disgraceful ways to end a wonderful career.

      Jordan may deserve a touchline ban for his conduct but this should not justify Gattuso's reaction. The fact that he's the captain just makes it worse.

      • Rossanera says:

        Don't disagree with anything you said. As a devout Milanista and a proud Italiana … I'm so embarassed.

      • I thought Materazzi went too far, and was just a verbal thug and while I knew that Zidane shouldn't have taken the bait, I thought honor was on his side. He went to the dark side of the force and you know, I can Zizou there any day of the week.

        • Rossanera says:

          … ok, but how is that any different, then, from what happened here?

          • cleoliu says:

            It's not different. I'm not pointing fingers at Gattuso. Adrenaline gets the best of every competitor.

          • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

            For once I have to somewhat disagree with you. Even though I think Zidanes action was terrible, Gattuso behaved like a raging bull/spoilt child in a playground, almost through the whole game. What, football is not a contact sport? If he can't take that without throwing tantrums everytime someone comes near, he shouldn't be on the pitch. He needs to be put in the "freezer" for a while.

    • diana says:

      I totally agree with you, but as you said : there are two sides to every story!
      It was a shameful behavior and yes he should be punished, but let's not be hypocritical ..whenever it comes to Milan(or any other italian team)everyone is suddenly so outraged and offended =

  28. Alexandria Samuel says:

    He's known for his fiery temper, I remember when he slapped Ibra! I find it quite amusing that if he was in any other job, he would have been sacked, but it;s football! :P

  29. mamaly says:

    what's he on !!!!!

  30. Amy says:

    I thought it was gross. Between the spikes up, both feet tackle, the pushing of the goalkeeper as he got rid of the ball and the above behavior, I was amazed that no one received a red card. I watched the game on FSN in the US and even the commentators were disgusted. I thought it was extremely humorous when Robinho was yelling at the player down for wasting too much time and one announcer said that he believed if it were Robinho in that situation, he would have been down writhing in pain for ten minutes more. Touche. Cheers, Tottenham!

    • Deb Stimson says:

      I watched it on FSN too. They were the ones who fouled the poor guy, who later came out with a walking cast on and they have the nerve to make a ruckus about "time wasting"?

      A little passion on the pitch is great but Gatusso was over the top. It was like "road rage" on the pitch. And then to go and head butt and choke the guy?! FIFA needs to discipline him.