Paolo Di Canio: 'I do not support fascism'

Paulo Di Canio
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Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio insists that he does not support fascism.

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has insisted that he does not support the ideology of fascism.

Di Canio has been forced to deny accusations that he is a racist since taking charge at the Stadium of Light, following quotes attributed to the Italian from an interview in 2005.

"I have clearly stated that I do not wish to speak about matters other than football, however, I have been deeply hurt by the attacks on the football club," he told the club's official website.

"This is a historic, proud and ethical club and to read and hear some of the vicious and personal accusations is painful. I am an honest man, my values and principles come from my family and my upbringing.

"I feel that I should not have to continually justify myself to people who do not understand this, however I will say one thing only - I am not the man that some people like to portray."

"I am not political, I do not affiliate myself to any organisation, I am not a racist and I do not support the ideology of fascism. I respect everyone. I am a football man and this and my family are my focus. Now I will speak only of football."

Di Canio's first match in charge is away to Chelsea at the weekend.

Swindon boss Paulo Di Canio on the touchline against Colchester on February 5, 2013
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