Sack fascist football manager, Internet petition

This video from the USA says about itself:

Feb 18, 2011

Racism in association football (known in the US as soccer) is the abuse of players, officials and fans because of their skin colour, nationality, religion or ethnicity. Some may be targeted (also) because of their association with an opposing team. However, there have been instances of individuals being targeted by their own fans.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Anti-fascists launch a sack di Canio petition

Wednesday 03 April 2013

Anti-fascist campaigners in Sunderland launched a petition today demanding the town’s football club sack its self-confessed fascist manager Paolo di Canio.

Sunderland Anti-Fascist Coalition launched the online petition with an initial target of 5,000 signatures.

It said: “Given Sunderland Football Club‘s commitment to anti-racist activities it should not be associated with such an unsavoury individual and betray the memory of the millions who have suffered under the politics of fascism worldwide.”

The petition is being backed by the Durham Miners’ Association, which is demanding the return of a miners’ union banner from the club.

Secretary Dave Hopper, who led calls for di Canio’s dismissal, has urged miners, ex-miners and all trades unionists to sign the petition.

He said more information was being revealed about di Canio’s fascist links, including his attendance at the funeral of a leading Italian fascist.

Mr Hopper told the Star: “We support this petition. We feel that with more and more information about di Canio coming to light, his position is completely untenable.”

On demanding the return of the Monk Wearmouth pit banner, Mr Hopper said: “Our banner represents the Durham miners’ long struggle for the rights of the working class – rights which were annihilated by fascism in Germany, Italy, Spain and Chile.

“The appointment of di Canio is a disgrace and a betrayal of all who fought and died in the fight against fascism, including miners from Wearmouth and indeed all of County Durham.”

You can sign the petition at:

Pressure mounts on Sunderland and Paolo Di Canio with calls for clarification on fascist views: here.

Sunderland’s new manager Paolo Di Canio is believed to have attended the funeral of an Italian fascist linked to a terrorist bombing that killed 85 people: here.

UPDATE September 2013: Steve Bruce believes Paolo di Canio was sacked by Sunderland due to his old-fashioned management style. Di Canio, whose appointment at the Stadium of Light caused shock due to his openly fascist views, was axed on Sunday with the Mackems rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table on just one point from five games: here.

4 thoughts on “Sack fascist football manager, Internet petition

  1. Some people in Sunderland need a history lesson

    Sunday 07 April 2013

    I remember visiting my relatives during the second world war in Sunderland.

    I was only eight years old when, walking down North Bridge Street, I noticed the picture hall had been bombed. I didn’t know at the time that scores of picture goers had died the previous night.

    Many thousands of people were killed in the north-east with Sunderland taking the brunt of the bombing raids. That scene of the demolished picture hall has been implanted in my mind ever since.

    In 1945 fascism was successfully crushed and we hoped it would not be allowed its ugly head to surface again after 28 million fatalities throughout Europe.

    The arrival of a fascist sympathiser to take over as manager at the Stadium of Light is an insult to the people of Sunderland, who lost not only brave men and women in the second world war but saw many of its citizens volunteer to fight in the 15th international Brigade, along with hundreds of others from the region, against fascist dictator Franco in the Spanish civil war during the 1930s.

    There is mounting opposition to the Paolo di Canio appointment. This man who said that Mussolini was misunderstood during his reign of terror during which many thousands of Italian partisans were rounded up, imprisoned and murdered, should be sent back to Italy forthwith.

    I am sure there are many good football managers around the country who are not only capable of keeping Sunderland safe in the Premier League but can build a strong squad that will challenge for honours in the seasons ahead.

    Les May



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