Inter tore AC Milan apart 4-nil in the Milan derby last weekend, but the story which has dominated the Italian headlines since has revolved around how Clarence Seedorf’s inability to be prepared to come on the pitch as a substitute contributed to the dismissal of Rene Gattuso.
Milan’s captain on the night, Gattuso, approached the match with his typical fiery passion. Bustling about in midfield, it wasn’t long before the Italian pitbull made his way into the referee’s notebook after using his hands to pull down Eto’o in the box. Not only did Gattuso receive a booking for his troubles as well as giving away a penalty, but the midfielder also managed to injure himself in the process too.
After being sidelined throughout the back-end of last season, Gattuso made it obvious to coach Leonadro that he felt unable to continue on the pitch with a clear and direct motion to be substituted out of the game.
His replacement should have been Dutchman Clarence Seedorf. However, in an incredible episode of unprofessionalism, when Leonadro turned to the Dutchman to call on him to replace Gattuso, Seedorf was caught chilling on the bench in flip-flops.
Needing several minutes to get suited and booted as he put on his shin-pads, socks and boots, Seedorf forced Gattuso to stay on the field for what proved to be a disastrous extra few minutes. Struggling to keep up with the play, Rene chopped down Wesley Sneijder moments later, and subsequently the hardman was forced to take an early bath.
Furious, Gattusso began screaming at anyone who would listen that he wasn’t even supposed to be on the pitch, before the firebrand chucked down his captain’s armband on the pitch and marched down the tunnel in rage.
A video capturing all the events of Gattuso’s dismissal can be seen here.