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Di Canio: I don't support fascism

After three days of intense public pressure, the new Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio has insisted: "I am not a racist and I do not support the ideology of fascism." He had refused to say if he was a fascist during a news conference yesterday.

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Paolo Di Canio to be unveiled as new Sunderland boss

Paolo Di Canio is to be unveiled as the new head coach at Sunderland at a press conference this morning. The announcement of his appointment prompted David Miliband to quit his role at the football club, citing the Italian's "past political statements".

Paolo Di Canio was photographed at the Stadium of Light during a visit on Monday. Credit: Twitter/@SAFC

Following Miliband's departure, Di Canio, who was reported to have said he was a fascist and appeared to give an open-handed salute while playing for Italian side Lazio in 2005, denied he was a racist and said his comments were taken out of context.

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