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Paolo Di Canio sacked by Sky Sport Italia after viewers spot his controversial tattoo

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Paolo Di Canio is certainly no stranger to controversy.

The Italian was an extremely talented footballer but wherever he’d go, trouble would usually follow.

Despite his reputation as a player, Di Canio was taken on as a manager first by Swindon Town in 2011 and then with Premier League outfit Sunderland two years later.

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His spell with the Black Cats was brief, however, and since leaving the Stadium of Light he’s been working as a pundit for Sky Sport Italia.

But his spell as a television analyst, according to the Mirror, is now over.

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Di Canio's career as a pundit could be over


Because a “fascist tattoo in honour of Benito Mussolini” was spotted on Di Canio’s right arm while he was on air.

The former West Ham star usually wears a long-sleeved shirt and tie while on air - it’s easy to understand why - but his Dux tattoo - representing Fascist leader Benito Mussolini, known as 'Il Duce' - was spotted by eagle-eyed viewers this week.

Sky Sport Italia were left with no option but to terminate the retired forward’s contract on Wednesday.

Di Canio made fascist salute in 2005

This isn’t the first time that Di Canio has been embroiled in controversy regarding fascism.

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Back in 2005, he was handed a one-match ban after making a fascist salute towards Lazio supporters.

Di Canio argues he's not a fascist

Defending fascism is a crime in Italy, but in 2013 Di Canio argued that he wasn’t a fascist.


"I'm not a politician, I am not affiliated with any organisation, are not a racist and I do not share the ideology of fascism,” he commented. “I respect everyone."

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