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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Lazio historian claims Di Canio is a 'true fascist'

Lazio Football Club historian Alfonso Dessi has described Paolo Di Canio as a "true fascist" who had a "huge impact" on hooligan supporters because of his political ideas.

Dessi told ITV News that Di Canio's political views do not affect his football, but revealed his "bad temper" often got him into confrontation with Lazio's board.

Di Canio was confirmed as Sunderland manager yesterday amid a row over his political beliefs.

As a player, he had two spells with Lazio and is widely revered as a hero for the Rome-based team.

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