Paolo Di Canio appeared riled when he left the press conference, asking reporters: "What do I have to apologise for?"
He says he has never made any statements about his political beliefs, and that it was just the media twisting his words.
Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio denied he was a racist or fascist after his controversial appointment received fresh criticism.
Yesterday's press conference at Sunderland's Academy of Light training base was illuminating in every way but one.
Paolo Di Canio refused to answer questions on whether he is a fascist but said the controversy surrounding his appointment was "ridiculous."