"I don't have to answer that question any more. I am not a politician. I have not had a problem with anyone in 45 years.
"In the past people can pick the words. I don't give people the chance to offend my parents."
"When I received a phone call from Mr Short I thought it was a joke. I was very surprised.
"You always call me the mad Italian but I would bet everything I have on Sunderland staying up.
"I could bet a lot of money and become a rich man."
PDC: 'The players worked very hard in my first training session. My arrival is good motivation for them.'
"You need fresh energy for the team. Not just the one hour for the training session.I saw good quality in Sunderland and a real potential.
"I'm sure I can give them a few things that will help them stay up."
Paolo Di Canio is telling reporters: "With my energy I am sure we can get something from the next seven games.
"I hope my ways give the team more confidence on the pitch."
Paulo Di Canio will hold his first press conference as Head Coach of Sunderland football club later this morning. He replaces Martin O'Neill who was sacked at the weekend.
Di Canio's political views have caused a stir with fans and also with David Milliband, who resigned as the club's Vice Chairman.
I expressed an opinion in an interview many years ago. Some pieces were taken for media convenience. They took my expression in a very, very negative way - but it was a long conversation and a long interview.
It was not fair. I know it is a part of my job to do interviews because I am well-known, but sometimes it suits their purpose to put big headlines and a big story.
What I can say is that if someone is hurt, I am sorry. But this didn't come from me, it came from a big story that people put out in a different way to what it was.
New Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has issued a statement following the controversy surrounding his appointment.
“I don’t have a problem with anyone. I haven’t had a problem in the past and I don’t know why I have to keep repeating my story, to be defending myself on something that doesn’t belong to me every time I change clubs. Talk about racism? That is absolutely stupid, stupid and ridiculous. The people who know me can change that idea quickly. When I was in England my best friends were Trevor Sinclair and Chris Powell, the Charlton manager – they can tell you everything about my character.
“I don’t want to talk about politics because it’s not my area. We are not in the Houses of Parliament, we are in a football club. I want to talk about sport. I want to talk about football, my players, the Board and the fans. My first priority is my family and my daughters, that’s obvious, and secondly to have the responsibility for thousands of people. This is my priority and I want to be focused on this aspect. I don’t want to talk any more about politics – I am not a politics person.”
Sunderland AFC is a traditional football club, with a rich and proud history. It has a strong ethos and ethics and that has not changed in any shape or form.
Anyone who has met Paolo and spoken with him personally, as we did in depth before making this appointment, will know that he is an honest man, a man of principle and a driven, determined and passionate individual. To accuse him now, of being a racist or having fascist sympathies, is insulting not only to him but to the integrity of this football club.
Sunderland AFC have released an official photo of their new Head Coach Paolo Di Canio, wearing the red and white club scarf.
Di Canio has signed a two and a half year deal with the Black Cats, following the sacking of their former manager Martin O'Neill.
David Miliband has resigned as Vice-Chairman and non-executive director of the club, citing 'past political statements' by Di Canio.