Mirror Associate Editor and lifelong Sunderland AFC asks new manager for answers
“I’d applaud the new Sunderland boss if he disavowed the fascism he once professed – instead of a rambling, self-pitying statement."
Kevin kindly allows us to reproduce the piece here:
“I’d applaud the new Sunderland boss if he disavowed the fascism he once professed – instead of a rambling, self-pitying statement.
I’d welcome a proper explanation of why he once said: “I am a fascist, not a racist.”
I’d like to know if he still gives the stiff salute associated with Hitler and Mussolini.
And learn why he had that Latin “Dux” tattoo, with its link to the hated Italian dictator.
The Paolo Di Canio of 2013 might not be the Paolo Di Canio of 2005.
So let him speak freely and we can all make up our minds.
My team since a boy, Sunderland has an admirable record of community involvement. It fights racism.
I’d be delighted for my doubts about Di Canio to be proved wrong.
It’s up to him to set the record straight, if it needs updating.
Fascists are authoritarian nationalists who traditionally use jackboot violence.
Perhaps Di Canio was caught in a weird moment.
I suspect Ellis Short, the US squillionaire owner, didn’t see this coming.
But he must lance the boil or it’ll fester.
David Miliband will be a big loss to the board.
He opened vital doors in Asia and Africa for Short.
I’ve been a Sunderland fan for 44 years. And I’ll be one when Di Canio’s long gone.
But like a lot of concerned fans, I’d like proper answers.”