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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