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Di Canio denies team bust-up at Sunderland

Paolo Di Canio denies there was a bust-up with his players before being asked to leave Sunderland AFC Credit: John Walton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Paolo Di Canio, who was sacked as manager of Sunderland AFC in September, has denied that there was a "training ground bust-up" with his players before he was asked to leave.

"There has been a lot written in the media in recent days, much of it wholly untrue," he said.

"There was no training ground bust-up as some are reporting, and many of the players have since sent me messages thanking me for my time as their manager and helping them to improve as footballers."

Sunderland AFC confirmed on 22 September that it had parted company with Di Canio.