Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Soccer: Miliband quits Sunderland over Di Canio choice

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Rome, April 1 - Former British foreign secretary
David Miliband on Monday said he is stepping down as
vice-chairman of English soccer team Sunderland after former
Lazio striker and self-professed fascist Paolo Di Canio was made
team manager.
Midiland said he will quit his position at the club due to
the Italian's "past political statements".
The former West Ham striker who admitted in the past to
having fascist leanings told ANSA in 2005 that he was "a
fascist, not a racist".
Di Canio was fined by the international football
federation FIFA twice in 2005 for giving the straight arm salute
used by Fascists.
The 44-year-old retired striker first went to Britain as a
player in 1996 joining Celtic, then played for Glasgow, West Ham
and Charlton.
As a player, Di Canio's rebellious spirit often caused him
problems with coaches and officials.
In 1999 he was banned for 11 matches and fined £100,000 for
pushing over a referee.
But two years later British fans saw a very different side
to Di Canio's character, when he opted to catch the ball rather
than shoot during a league match for West Ham, because the
opposition goalkeeper was on the ground injured.
The gesture won him the 2001 FIFA Fair Play award.

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