British trade union opposes Italian fascist soccer manager

Paolo Di Canio makes fascist salute

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Club loses GMB sponsorship after signing football fascist

Sunday 22 May 2011

by Adrian Roberts

The GMB said today that it has decided to end its sponsorship of Swindon Town football club in protest at the appointment of Paolo Di Canio as manager.

GMB said the Italian former player who was named as the new manager of Swindon Town on Friday had previously voiced right-wing views of which it strongly disapproved.

The union’s local branch is believed to have paid up to £4,000 to the club this season as part of its sponsorship deal.

A GMB spokesman said: “Our local branch has decided to end its association with Swindon following the appointment of Paolo Di Canio.

“He has openly voiced support for Mussolini so it beggars belief that Swindon could have appointed him, especially given the multiethnic nature of the team and the town.”

Mr Di Canio is due to fly to Britain on Monday to complete the paperwork and be formally introduced as the new manager, according to Swindon Town’s website.

The club has been relegated after finishing bottom of League One.

A statement said the club was confident he would build a team with the “passion, pride and professionalism” to ensure it could return to League One “at the earliest opportunity.”

Interim chairman Jeremy Wray said: “I can’t wait for Paolo to get here and get started.”

Mr Di Canio has spoken freely about being a fascist and an admirer of Mussolini. He has faced bans and fines for making the fascist straight-arm salute while playing for Italian club Lazio.

In his autobiography he praised Mussolini as “basically a very principled, ethical individual.”

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