Paolo regrets red card invitation

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio admits he regrets inviting referee Martin Atkinson to send him off during his team's defeat 3-1 to Arsenal.

The Italian boss was frustrated with what he deemed as time wasting by the Gunners.

He came to me and said 'if you keep going with your manner I will send you up to the stand.

I said if you want to complete a perfect job, you can send me off. He took it seriously and sent me off.

Next time I will never invite the referee to send me off because he took it seriously.

– Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio