Paolo Di Canio reveals family abuse

Di Canio reveals family abuse
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Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio reveals that his two daughters have received threatening messages since he took the job on Wearside two weeks ago.

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has revealed that his family have been subjected to abuse since he took the job on Wearside.

Di Canio's appointment at the Stadium of Light arrived under a wave of publicity, with the Italian's alleged political beliefs examined extensively.

The 44-year-old has declared that his two daughters were both targeted in the last few weeks and had to contend with verbal threats.

He told The Telegraph: "I was sad for the club, and obviously for my family, especially for my daughters. The oldest one goes to Southampton University and people were knocking on her door. I don't know how they found out where she lived.

"My little one, who is 15, goes to a British school in Rome, in the school someone... [said something to her]. It is for them that I feel sad. I couldn't understand how it caused a problem for them."

Di Canio got his first win as Sunderland manager this afternoon with an impressive 3-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James' Park.

Craig Gardner celebrates with Sebastian Larsson moments after scoring on December 2, 2012
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