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Di Canio: I'm not a political person

Paolo Di Canio faced tough questions about his political views as he faced the media for the first time since taking over as Sunderland boss.

In a stormy news conference the 44-year-old Italian was asked on several occasions if he was a fascist but did not respond.

He told reporters: "We are in a football club and not in the House of Parliament. I'm not a political person, I will talk about only football."

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Some fans 'sickened' by appointment of Paolo Di Canio

Sunderland fans have had a mixed reaction to Paolo Di Canio's appointment as head coach. Some, like Rob Johnson, said they would boycott the club while he remains in post:

Words can hardly express how sickened and ashamed I am by the appointment of Paolo Di Canio as our new manager.

Lest we forget, during WW2 267 people were killed and over 1000 wounded in Sunderland by Nazi bombers.

– Rob Johnson

For the first time in nearly 40 years, I find myself questioning whether I can continue to support our great club in the way I have done over the years.

I am sickened by our appointment of Paolo Di Canio.

– Richard Parker

Others felt Di Canio should be believed when he said his words had been twisted, and urged fellow fans to judge him by his results on the pitch:

Let Paolo Di Canio do his job of turning round a sinking ship and judge him on his ability to motivate the team and avoid relegation.

– Terry Reilly
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Paolo Di Canio refuses to say whether he is still a fascist

Asked whether he still considers himself a fascist, Paolo Di Canio says: "I don't have to answer any more this question, there was a very good statement from the club".

"I don't want to talk any more about politics ... I'm not in the House of Parliament," he adds.

A press officer is cutting off any further questions on the subject.

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