Paolo Di Canio axed as Sky Italia pundit after showing a tattoo honouring fascist dictator Benito Mussolini on air

PAOLO DI CANIO has been suspended from his role as a Sky Italia pundit after showing a tattoo honouring Benito Mussolini on air.

The ex-West Ham striker revealed the inking of the work ‘dux’ during the channel’s Premier League coverage on Sunday.

Paolo Di Canio on Italian TV in short t-shirt, which shows tattoo of Benito Mussolini
Paolo Di Canio on Italian TV in short t-shirt, which shows Benito Mussolini tattoo
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'Dux' is Latin for 'Duke' which is the name Benito Mussolini is commonly referred as
‘Dux’ is Latin for ‘Duke’ which is the name Benito Mussolini is commonly referred to as
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The Latin word translates into English as ‘duke’ and was the title adopted by the fascist Italian dictator.

And Sky have moved to axe Di Canio after outraged viewers threatened to cancel their subscriptions on social media.

The broadcaster’s executive vice-president, Jacques Raynaud, said: “We made a mistake, we are sorry to all who were hurt.

ROME, ITALY: (FILES) Picture dated 06 January 2005 of Lazio's forward Paolo Di Canio gesturing towards Lazio fans at the end of Lazio vs AS Roma Serie A football match at Rome's Olympic stadium. Di Canio is to face a disciplinary hearing over his fascist salute allegedly made by the veteran striker in last month's Rome derby, the Italian football federation (FIGC) said 24 January 2005. AFP PHOTO/Paolo COCCO (Photo credit should read PAOLO COCCO/AFP/Getty Images)
Paolo Di Canio caused controversy with reported fascist salute at Lazio in 2005
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Di Canio infamously pushed over referee Paul Alcock in 1998
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“After speaking at length to Di Canio, and despite his professionalism and his expertise regarding football, we have decided together to suspend the partnership.”

Di Canio, 48, has been questioned over his political views during his often-controversial career as a player, manager and pundit.

He was famously fined by Serie A side Lazio for making a fascist salute to a section of right-wing fans during a 2005 derby with Roma.

Di Canio insisted it was an old Roman salute, and claimed: “I am a fascist, not a racist.”

26 Mar 2000: Paolo Di Canio of West Ham United scores the first goal during the FA Carling Premiership match against Wimbledon at Upton Park in London. West Ham United won the match 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Stu Forster/Allsport
Paolo Di Canio scores a sensational volley for West Ham against Wimbledon in 2000
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UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1883: Benito Mussolini (1883-1945), Italian statesman. (Photo by Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
Benito Mussolini was Italy’s fascist prime minister from 1922 to 1943
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He refused to address his beliefs when he was appointed Sunderland manager in 2013 – causing David Miliband to resign from the club’s board.

Mussolini was head of the Italian national fascist part and the country’s prime minister from 1922 to 1943.

He sided with Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany against the allies during World War II and was executed by Italian communists when trying to flee the country in 1945.

The promotion and defence of fascism are crimes in Italy.



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