New Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio refused to expand on his political views after being asked during his first press conference since taking the job whether or not he was a fascist. He continued: “I don’t want to talk any more about politics for one reason because I’m not in the House of Parliament, I’m not a political person, I will talk about only football.” Di Canio released a statement on Monday, in which he said: “I expressed an opinion in an interview many years ago. Some pieces were taken for media convenience. “They took my expression in a very, very negative way – but it was a long conversation and a long interview. It was not fair. Sometimes it suits their purpose to put big headlines and a big story. When I was in England (as a player) my best friends were Trevor Sinclair and Chris Powell, the Charlton manager – they can tell you everything about my character. Talk about racism? That is absolutely stupid, stupid and ridiculous.” The Durham Miners’ Association has asked the club to return a symbolic banner which is kept at the Stadium of Light if Di Canio remains in his post, describing Di Canio’s appointment as a “betrayal and a disgrace”. Asked if he had a message for the DMA, Di Canio said: “I have said many, many words in the past and people have picked the words they wanted, I can’t keep going on about my life and my family. The people who are talking in this way, they don’t understand Paolo Di Canio.” Asked if the focus on politics was making his job more difficult, he said: “No. Because always there is an issue if people try to put you in difficulty for a ridiculous and pathetic situation which doesn’t represent Paolo Di Canio. So I’m not worried.” There were repeated calls for Di Canio to clarify his views on fascism at the end of the press conference but he swatted them away. “The fans have to think my life speaks for me,” he said. “Call Trevor Sinclair, call Chris Powell, call (his agent) Phil Spencer, he’s Jewish. Call them – who is Paolo Di Canio?” The 44-year-old has previously admitted in a 2005 interview with an Italian news agency to being “a fascist, but not a racist” and his apparent political leanings have already led to the resignation of the club’s vice-chairman David Miliband, Labour MP for South Shields and a former foreign secretary. The club were keen for Tuesday’s press conference to be purely focused on football, but inevitably the question of just what Di Canio stood for came up again. He said: “I don’t have to answer any more this question, there was a very good statement from the club, (with) very, very clear words that came out from me.” Press Association
â€œWe gave Rohr a free hand to pick whoever he feels capable of playing in the Super Eagles, so long as the player will respect and honour the nation when called upon,â€ Sanusi told AOIFootball.comThe NFF scribe also added his view to the recent report on the possibility of former Enyimba shot-stopper Vincent Enyeama’s return to the Eagles’ fold, saying itâ€™s a decision that lies solely with the team’s coaches.â€œI wonâ€™t say we are in support of his decision to bring back Enyeama, neither will I say we are against it; Rohrâ€™s decisions are final on this issue so he knows what is best for him and the team,â€ concludes the NFF scribe.Vincent Enyeama has been out of the national team since his last scuffle with former Eagles’ handler, Sunday Oliseh who stripped the Lille goalkeeper of the captain armband.However, following the unfortunate illness of current No 1 Carl Ikeme, speculations have filled football circles in the country that Enyeama was on his was back to Eagle to reclaim the Number One jersey to the World Cup in Russia.Though both Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa have kept faith with the team, the later was in-charge of Eagles last three outings- the double header against Cameroon and the clash with Zambia in Uyo.The FC IfeanyiUbah safe hands conceded just one goal in the one all draw in Yaounde and kept a clean slate in both matches in Uyo.Akpeyi on the other hand remains a suspect following his poor showing against South Africa in the AFCON 2019 Eagles lost 2-0 in Uyo. Dele Alampasu remains untested yet since his invitation to the senior national team.Enyeama however remains the most experienced shot stopper the Super Eagles might rely upon going into the World Cup next year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan with agency reportThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has insisted that it was not going to impose players on the Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, as the Franco-German gaffer starts searching for players to make impact at the World Cup in Russia next year.Nigeria is the first country in Africa to book her passage to the Russia 2018 Mundial even with a game to spare.Speaking in Abuja yesterday, General Secretary of the NFF, Dr Sanusi Mohammed insisted that allegations by some sections of the Nigeria media that the Glass House is trying to force some players on the coach are not true.â€œThe football house will not in any way interfere in Rohrâ€™s choice of players and goalkeepers for the national teams.
Share Simon Rowlands ends tenure as Chair of racing’s Bettors Forum December 3, 2018 StumbleUpon Ascot adds three-year extension to Sky Sports Racing deal August 14, 2020 Submit Attheraces.com is due to give punters the ability to study racing form in more detail after launching a new sectional timing data service. The new service, which will be developed by attheraces.com sectional timing expert Simon Rowlands, will colour-code split times from eleven racecourses owned by Arena Racing Company (ARC), which will identify fast, even and slow sectors relative to “par times”. Powered by Total Performance Data (TPD), the attheraces.com service already shows sectional and stride data from all ATR’s UK Flat racing fixtures. The Flat racing sectional data and colour code system is also widely used in Sky Sports Racing broadcasts.Rowlands explained: “As with Flat racing where the benefits of sectionals have been proven time and again, jump race results are often determined by the pace at which races have been run. Go too fast early and you will pay for it late; go too slow early and you may be left with too much ground to make up at the business end. “The only truly accurate and consistent way to measure these things is through sectionals. These TPD figures make that possible to an extent that did not previously exist.”Punters will also be able to view energy distribution charts, efficiency gradings and sectional speeds (mph) for every runner across the early, mid and late parts of each race.Attheraces.com has also confirmed that it will condense racing data from earlier sections of each jumps race, while also delivering a more extensive analysis of last mile data. It is hoped that the new function will give punters more control and the ability to select how they see information published.Matthew Taylor, Director of New Media and Innovation for At The Races, added: “It has been an ambition to extend our sectional timing service to jumps racing for some time and we are delighted to launch with all ARC jumps courses this season. We think attheraces.com visitors will use this new data in conjunction with our pace charts, archive video and form database to generate even greater insight into horse racing over jumps.” Related Articles Colin Hord named new chairman of Horserace Bettors Forum September 4, 2019 Share