Gennaro Gattuso's representative insists “he was a gentleman in not revealing what Joe Jordan said. Rino didn't kill anyone.”
The controversy over the post-match altercation between the Milan midfielder and Tottenham assistant manager drags on.
“Rino apologised yesterday, above all to his own fans for the effect this has on the image of Milan and his role as captain,” agent Andrea D'Amico told Sky Sport Italia.
“He was provoked, but it is also true he showed weakness by falling into that trap. It's one thing to be sitting on the bench and winding people up, another to be running for an hour and a half. Reactions can be dictated by tension.”
D'Amico was above all furious at the British media for their vilification of former Glasgow Rangers star Gattuso, whose wife is Scottish.
“From my point of view, it is important to reaffirm some people exaggerated in their criticism. Gattuso's career speaks for itself with regards to his fair play, quite aside from the competitive vigour he has always put into the sport.
“He is a very sincere and fair man, so certain comments seem over the top to me. Rino knows when you are captain of Milan there are certain duties for the club and fans, so this is why he apologised.
“In fact,” continued D'Amico, “he was a gentleman in not revealing what Joe Jordan said, because when you take an attitude like that, there's not much to say.
“Rino didn't kill anyone. Certain comments show more about people than mistakes made. We apologise and await any disciplinary action.”
Gattuso's other agent, Claudio Pasqualin, told television interviewers that Jordan had provoked the player by calling him “a f***ing Italian b**tard.”