Anti Racism campaigner believes that former team mate needs to further distance himself from fascism in the wake of appointment at Sunderland.
"I don't believe Paolo Di Canio is a racist. But there's no place for extreme politics in football. They infringe on the rights of others and that's where you have to draw the line."
Shaka Hislop, Honorary President of Show Racism the Red Card
New Sunderland Manager Paolo Di Canio may have taken charge of his first game for his new club, but Show Racism the Red Card Honorary President and former West Ham United goalkeeper Shaka Hislop has again called for him to clarify his political views and explain his past statements and actions.
"I don't believe Paolo Di Canio is a racist.” said Hislop.
"But there's no place for extreme politics in football. They infringe on the rights of others and that's where you have to draw the line."
Di Canio began his career at Lazio and during his second spell with the club was fined £7,000 and suspended for one game by the Italian authorities in 2005 after making a fascist salute for the third time that year.
The Italian has been under the microscope since his appointment, and scrutiny is expected to be increased during the build-up to next weekend’s Tyne Wear derby between Di Canio’s Sunderland and neighbours Newcastle United.
Former Sunderland board member David Miliband last week resigned from his post following the appointment and although Di Canio moved to reiterate that he ‘is not a racist and does not follow the ideology of fascism’, former Trinidad and Tobago international Hislop believes that a further explanation is required.
"I'm very aware of how good a football club Sunderland are and how important they are, not just to the Sunderland community but to the North East in general. Long after Paolo has gone, long after every player currently plying their trade for Sunderland Football Club has departed, it will live on and you worry that as a brand it may be stained by this appointment or a failure to properly account for it."