Gattuso’s agent came out on Wednesday claiming that Joe Jordan had apparently called Gattuso a “f—ing Italian bastard.”
Now Joe has hit back claiming that “It’s pathetic”. Jordan claimed that “It’s just a nonsense, it really is. 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.”
Jordan also pointed out that his daughter currently lives and works in Italy and that his playing time in Italy “was the most rewarding experience of my career.”
Jordan seems to be basing his defence on his Italian links, while not going as far as to tell us what really was said before the two of them. It does seem strange though, that someone with Italian links like Jordan has, would be so stupid as to make any sort of anti-Italian remark.
As far as I know there has been no smoking-gun, lip reading evidence of any such remarks from Jordan, so it would appear to be one mans word against the others. Although you would have to imagine if it had been shouted, someone, somewhere would have heard it.
Harry Rednapp said of the butting incident, that Gattuso hadn’t done his homework on Joe. It might appear that Gattuso’s apparent lack of research on Jordan might have caught him out again.