New Sunderland manager refuses to answer questions about fascism.
New Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has refused to discuss questions regarding his political beliefs during his first press conference with the club according to BBC Sport.
The North-East club have been embroiled in controversy since appointing the fiery Italian as his extreme political viewpoints have once again been placed under the spotlight.
The former West Ham striker has previously admitted to holding fascist views but insists he is not a racist.
Di Canio was previously slammed by anti-fascist groups for giving a straightened arm salute when to fans of Italian club Lazio.
The gesture is thought to have connotations with far right groups including those from Nazi Germany and fascist Italy.
AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis, was recently given a lifetime ban from the Greek national side for making a similar gesture.
Di Canio stated in his autobiography that he believes Benito Mussolini to be a misunderstood figure.
The appointment of Di Canio to the Sunderland hot seat has led to the resignation of former Labour front bench politician, David Miliband, who cited the ex-Swindon boss’ former political statements.
Sunderland have rejected speculations regarding Di Canio’s racism, suggesting the claims are insulting to the integrity of the club as well as their new manager.