Genovaro Gattuso is known for many things in soccer, most of them great, but also is know for his red hot temper and short fuse. Joe Jordan seems to have gotten to the end of that fuse last night as following an exchange of words Gattuso’s eyes matched the color of his AC Milan jersey delivered an open handed slap across his face. The slap itself is quite impressive, I mean he really winds up for this one, but its still shocking to see someone lose their head so completely.
For his part, Gattuso clearly doesn’t know who Joe Jordan is. If you could have picked one player in the 1970’s who everyone feared, it was Jordan. His toothless smile scared many opponents into submission as he (often literally) cleaved his way through all comers with high elbows and two footed tackles. Accroding to Harry Redknapp:
“He obviously hadn’t done his homework. He could’ve picked a fight with somebody else. Putting his head into Joe’s face, it was crazy. There would be only one winner there – Joe. I’d have my money on Joe. Of all the people to pick on, don’t pick on Joe.”
Overall it was a bad incident that marred an otherwise great match, and for my part, I’d take Jordan over Gattuso any day.
Posted by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com
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