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FOOTBALL: Di Canio appeals over ban.

Byline: By John Gardner

PAOLO DI CANIO will fight a one-match ban for giving a Nazi-style salute on the grounds he admits to being fascist but not racist.

The Lazio veteran is appealing against a one-match ban and pounds 68,000 fine imposed by Italian football chiefs after he gave the stiff-arm salute during last week's game against Juventus.

Di Canio, who also played for Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham, Charlton and Celtic, is facing possible further action from FIFA.

He has hired a lawyer as he bids to challenge the suspension. An Italian news agency yesterday quoted the player as saying,"I am a fascist,nota racist.

"I made the Roman salute because it's a salute from a comrade to his comrades and was meant for my people.

"With this stiff arm I do no want to incite violence or racial hatred."

The agency say lawyer Gabriele Bordoni wants not only to win the player's appeal but to establish that the salute is legal.

It is associated by many with the regimes of Benito Mussolini in Italy and Adolf Hitler in Germany but its supporters claim it has its origins in the Ancient Roman Empire
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Date:Dec 24, 2005
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