Remembering Paolo Di Canio’s bittersweet final goal at Upton Park
Hero worship can be inherently problematic. There must be countless Southampton supporters with conflicting emotions over Matt Le Tissier’s transformation into David Icke or Chelsea fans who think twice about rushing to defend John Terry. Part of growing up is realising our childhood heroes are as flawed as the rest of us.
For followers of West Ham United, nobody illustrates this better than Paolo Di Canio. We’ve all seen his Mussolini-sympathising views, his Nazi salutes at the Rome derby and (actually quite hilarious) emasculation of Paul Alcock.
Not many of Essex’s finest could handle Di Canio’s stringent ‘No Sauce’ regime that his players at Sunderland endured. Nobody denies Danny Graham his tomato ketchup.
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