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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  1. Martin Geissler

Paolo Di Canio thought offer of job was a 'joke'

Reporters at the Paolo Di Canio press conference were given strict instructions that we would only answer questions about football.

Di Canio says he initially thought the phonecall in which he was offered the job was a "joke".

Now he says he has passion and focus, and doesn't care about the headlines in the press. He said he would bet "everything he has" on the club staying up.

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