Di Canio hits back over racism claims



AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

Published — Tuesday 2 April 2013

Last update 2 April 2013 1:57 am

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

LONDON: New Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has hit back at the storm of criticism over his political beliefs.
Di Canio took his first training session with Sunderland’s players yesterday following his surprise appointment as replacement for sacked boss Martin O’Neill 24 hours earlier.
But the Italian’s arrival at the Stadium of Light has already stirred controversy due to his far right-wing politics.
The former Lazio, Celtic and West Ham striker has previously admitted to having fascist leanings and in 2005 said: “I am a fascist, not a racist.”
Former British foreign secretary David Miliband immediately resigned as Sunderland’s vice-chairman and non-executive director in protest at Di Canio’s stance.
And Piara Powar, director of Football Against Racism in Europe, has called on Di Canio to soften his political beliefs to avoid setting a bad example in such a high-profile position.
But in a statement released by Sunderland on Monday, Di Canio made it clear that he was hurt by the accusations.
“I don’t have a problem with anyone. 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,” he said.
“Talk about racism? That is absolutely stupid, stupid and ridiculous.” Former Swindon chairman Jeremy Wray, who gave Di Canio his first chance in management, dismissed Miliband’s resignation as a “sad knee-jerk reaction.”
And Di Canio is adamant he doesn’t deserve to be criticized because he feels his political views have been exaggerated to create a negative impression of him.
“What I can say is that if someone is hurt, I am sorry. But this didn’t come from me — it came from a big story that people put out in a different way to what it was,” he said.
“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.
“I don’t want to talk about politics because it’s not my area. We are not in the Houses of Parliament, we are in a football club. I want to talk about sport.
“I want to talk about football, my players, the board and the fans. I don’t want to talk any more about politics — I am not a politics person.”

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir has denounced “aggressive statements” by Iran, after Tehran accused Bahrain of stoking Gulf tensions by making unfounded allegations against it.“This is unacceptable to us,” the minister said at a joint news co...
DAMMAM: A wanted terrorist was killed during a gunfight in the town of Al-Qudayh in the Eastern Province on Sunday, police said.Qatif police received a report that a Saudi man suffered gunshots and was taken to Modhar Dispensary in Al-Qudayh by his b...
JEDDAH: The Saudi security forces have thwarted nearly 18,000 infiltration attempts on the Kingdom’s border with Yemen since the launch of Operation Decisive Storm in March. “The number of infiltration attempts foiled by the security authorities sinc...
ABHA: Several Saudi businesswomen started traveling with a group of friends after recent regulations which allow women to travel without their mahram. These women said they find great fun to travel as a group with their friends and their children, wh...
RIYADH: The United Nations, Arab League and Gulf Cooperation Council welcomed the Kingdom-led coalition’s announcement of a five-day cease-fire, that took effect at midnight on Sunday, to push humanitarian relief in war-ravaged Yemen to the beleaguer...
ALKHOBAR: Jobless Saudi women constitute 70 percent of the unemployed. The Ministry of Economy and Planning said 58 percent of the jobless have preparatory school level education. According to the statistics, the annual unemployment growth rate among...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has found traces of a civilization that was domesticating horses about 9,000 years ago, 4,000 years earlier than previously thought. The discovery has shed new light on the origin of the Arabian horse, which has remained a great...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Labor in the Makkah region found 250 laborers working on various construction projects during restricted hours of the day. Punitive measures will be taken against the employers of these workers. According to a ministerial decr...
JEDDAH: When poverty is your guest for 15 years, gardens, parks, streets and pavements become your abode under the unavoidable scorching sun. One has to face hardships of hunger and survive on breadcrumbs. This is the situation of a 60-year-old Saudi...
JEDDAH: The negative attitudes of society in dealing with harassment and abuse cases prevent victims from reporting a great number of such cases to the authorities.Despite this, about 3,982 cases reached the country's criminal courts in 1435 and 1436...
AL-QATIF: The Omani security forces have arrested a man who, they said, accidentally fired a bullet that hit a young Saudi girl in a hotel in Musandam on Saturday. Four-year-old Zainab bint Mohammed Labad of Al-Awamiyah was playing in the hotel lobby...
Ramon Corvera, deputy chief of mission at the Argentinian Embassy in Riyadh.* Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia you like the most? The natural beauty of the desert.* What is your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word? Masha’Allah.* Which book i...
JEDDAH: The creativity and entrepreneurship community program of Umm Al-Qura University brought together 80 creative entrepreneurs to exchange their experiences and knowledge on Monday. Fawaz Saad, the dean of the institute for innovation and entrepr...
RIYADH: The August issue of ‘Nature’, the monthly magazine of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), will focus on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) corona, which has affected 1,055 people in the Kingdom since June 2012.The to...
LILLE, France: Saudi Arabia’s firm stand against the phenomenon of violence as well as religious, ethnic and cultural fanaticism came in for praise at an international symposium, which concluded here.The participants of the symposium on "Media Covera...

Stay Connected

Facebook