Paolo Di Canio bans Sunderland players from drinking booze

New Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio on the touchline during the match against Chelsea on April 7, 2013
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Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio threatens fining his players if they are caught drinking alcohol heavily through the week.

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has revealed that his players will receive a fine if they are caught on a drinking binge.

The Italian, who moved to the Stadium of Light as Martin O'Neill's replacement last week, has admitted that he will take a hard stance on anyone drinking alcohol throughout the week.

"If I discovered one of my players had drunk not on a Friday but even a Monday night, I would fine him," Di Canio told the Sunderland Echo.

"If you are talking about a glass of red wine during dinner with family on a Monday night or Tuesday night, that's good because we know red wine is good for the heart.

"But forget about alcohol on Thursday or Friday. I don't think this team have this habit, I hope not."

Di Canio suffered a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea during his first game in charge of the Black Cats.

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