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  • John John Apr 2, 2013 19:40 Flag

    Paolo Di Canio

    Hello fellow footy posters.

    Long time no see. I listened to news on BBC R4 on the way from work today and wondered what view a cross section of posters thought about:

    1. Does it matter what political viewpoint or persuasion Paolo Di Canio holds, as long as is doesn't interfere with his role as manager, or break any FA regulations?

    2. Should the press just leave him alone on this matter and concentrate on how he will perform miracles over the last games of the season, to keep them up?

    I would have posted this on the Arsenal board, but there has been a distinct lack of common sense on that board for some weeks now.

    Cheers in advance.

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    • I think those are fair questions.

      1. A manager's political views wouldn't normally matter, but this is an exceptional case. My personal view is that fascism is an exceptionally offensive political view. It is responsible for millions of deaths, and was the reason that so many people from this country died in WWII.

      He insists he's "a fascist, not a racist", but racism is an inseparable part of fascism, just like the racism of the Lazio Ultras he threw a Nazi salute to in his playing days. IN that sense, his support of these views does go against any anti-racist FA regulations.

      Di Canio was a great player, but he has no place in the British game now. His fascism has already caused the club's vice-chairman to quit, and the GMB union to withdraw their funding of the club, and demand back a commemorative banner at the ground. Sounds to me like his views are already interfering with his role as manager.

      2. Espousing hateful views is not something that should be ignored. We can also look at how unlikely he is to save Sunderland at the same time, though.