Gennaro Gattuso could potentially face a lengthy European ban after his headbutt on Joe Jordan took the gloss off Tottenham's UEFA Champions League 1-0 win over AC Milan at the San Siro on Tuesday.
Spurs wrote another chapter in what has already been a remarkable debut season in the Champions League when they beat the seven-time European Champions thanks to Peter Crouch's 80th-minute winner. The first leg was over-shadowed, though, by ugly scenes that dogged the match throughout.
Matthieu Flamini escaped with only a yellow card for a flying two-footed challenge on Vedran Corluka and Gattuso headbutted Jordan after the final whistle. The former Rangers midfielder also squared up to the Spurs assistant coach and pushed him in the face on the touchline during a frenetic second half.
The 32-year-old combative midfielder picked up a yellow card in the second half, meaning he will miss the second leg of the last 16 tie next month, but he may yet be banned for longer.
"I lost control. There is no excuse for what I did. I take my responsibilities for that," Gattuso said after the match. "I was nervous. I didn't want to argue with players and I did it with him, but I was wrong to do what I have done."
Last night's game was nothing like the pulsating 4-3 loss to Inter Milan at the San Siro in November or the Gareth Bale-inspired victory in the reverse fixture, but Redknapp did not care one bit. He did warn, however, that Spurs must put on just as good a performance at White Hart Lane in three weeks' time to make it through to the last eight.
He said: "It was a fantastic performance from us but it's still all to play for. It's only half-time. They've still got dangerous players coming back, as probably we will so it'll be an interesting second leg."