Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has released a statement saying that he has been "deeply hurt by the attacks on the football club."
“This is a historic, proud and ethical club and to read and hear some of the vicious and personal accusations is painful. I am an honest man, my values and principles come from my family and my upbringing.
"I feel that I should not have to continually justify myself to people who do not understand this, however I will say one thing only - I am not the man that some people like to portray.
“I am not political, I do not affiliate myself to any organisation, I am not a racist and I do not support the ideology of fascism. I respect everyone.”
More top news
A look ahead at a calmer week for the Tyne Tees region.
Football memorabilia owned by England and Newcastle United star Malcolm MacDonald has raised almost thirty six thousand pounds at auction.
Anti-fracking campaigners have pledged to put their lives on the line to stop a company drilling for shale gas in North Yorkshire.