New Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has issued a statement through the club concerning the controversy raised by his appointment and his previously-expressed political views concerning fascism.
– Paolo Di Canio statement issued by Sunderland AFC
I don’t have a problem with anyone. I haven’t had a problem in the past and I don’t know why I have to keep repeating my story, to be defending myself on something that doesn’t belong to me every time I change clubs. Talk about racism? That is absolutely stupid, stupid and ridiculous. The people who know me can change that idea quickly. When I was in England my best friends were Trevor Sinclair and Chris Powell, the Charlton manager – they can tell you everything about my character.
More on this statement to follow