Tottenham Accusations Still Hurt, Says Gattuso

Gennaro Gattuso

Gennaro Gattuso missed out on the Tottenham job after an online campaign by fans against him

The Italian coach Gennaro Gattuso regretted Monday having been unable to defend himself amid an online campaign by some Tottenham Hotspur fans accusing him of being homophobic and racist.

The 2006 World Cup winner had looked set to succeed Jose Mourinho as manager of the Premier League side before the accusations.

I had to accept a story that hurt me more than any defeat or suspension, Gattuso told Messaggero. My regret is that I did not have the opportunity to defend myself, to explain that what people in England said was not me.

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