Paolo Di Canio: I am not a fascist or a racist, says Sunderland boss

New Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio says he does not hold fascist beliefs.

The Italian, 44, who took over from Martin O'Neill on Sunday, initially refused to answer questions on his reported fascist beliefs.

But in a statement he said: "I am not political, I do not affiliate myself to any organisation. I am not a racist.

"I do not support the ideology of fascism. I respect everyone. I am a football man. This and my family are my focus.

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