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Gattuso escapes derby ban after sending-off

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Gattuso escapes derby ban after sending-off
FILE PHOTO: AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso at King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Waleed Ali/File Photo   -   Copyright  Waleed Ali(Reuters)
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MILAN (Reuters) – AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso escaped a ban from Sunday’s derby against Inter Milan when he was let off with a fine and a warning after being sent off in his team’s last match.

Serie A’s disciplinary tribunal said in a statement on Tuesday that Gattuso “left the technical area and made an intimidating remark to a player of the opposing team” during the 2-1 win at Chievo on Saturday.

Gattuso, ordered from the touchline, was fined 15,000 euros (12,842 pounds) and given a warning. Milan, third in Serie A, face fourth-placed Inter at San Siro on Sunday.

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini, however, was banned for one game for pushing a Sampdoria official in the tunnel after being sent off in his team’s 2-1 win on Sunday.

Gasperini, dismissed for angrily protesting a penalty, said after the game that he had merely “nudged aside” the official and that Sampdoria had made a “song and dance” about it.

However, on Monday, he apologised after a video of the incident was published on several websites.

(Reporting by Brian Homewood; Editing by Toby Davis)

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