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: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/safcdicanio/
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.
- British miners against fascist football manager (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Durham Miners’ leader takes stand against fascist Di Canio (shirazsocialist.wordpress.com)
- Paolo Di Canio: “a fascist but not a racist”. That’s ok then (leftfootforward.org)
- Miners remove banner after di Canio pick (morningstaronline.co.uk)
- Paolo di Canio belatedly claims he doesn’t support fascism (morningstaronline.co.uk)
- New photo alleges Di Canio attended fascist’s funeral (itv.com)
- Fascist becomes Sunderland football manager (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio bans mobiles, ketchup, mayonnaise, ice in coke and singing (telegraph.co.uk)
- Paolo Di Canio’s revolution: coffee, coke and mobiles out at Sunderland (theguardian.com)
- Paolo Di Canio: goodbye and good riddance – you won’t be missed at Sunderland (telegraph.co.uk)