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Football: Trouble as Paolo puts arm in it again.

PAOLO DI CANIO is in trouble again after making a fascist salute for the second successive Serie A match in Italy.

The 37-year-old Lazio striker, who is facing disciplinary action from the Italian FA, angered Jewish groups and was widely condemned last week for his stiff-armed gesture to the club's hard-core support in the match against Livorno.

But the fiery Italian showed his contempt for authority by repeating his antics in the 1-1 draw with Juventus at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

And the former Celtic player, who bears a tattoo of Italy's wartime dictator Benito Mussolini, is defiant about his actions.

Di Canio, who also had spells with West Ham, Charlton and Sheffield Wednesday, said: "I will always salute as I did because it gives me a sense of belonging to my people.

"I saluted my people with what for me is a sign of belonging to a group that holds true values, values of civility against the standardisation that this society imposes upon us.

"I'm proud to be able to count on such people and I'll continue to salute them in this way Di Canio was fined pounds 6750 for saluting at the end of a derby with Roma in January.

Lazio's fans, who traditionally back the far right and have held up swastikas and sung fascist era songs in the past,helped him raise the money.

Both Lazio president Claudio Lotito and coach Delio Rossi have defended their skipper in the past, claiming he had been "provoked".

But pressure is growing on the Rome club from external organisations to clamp down on their errant player.

And Vittorio Pavoncello, president of the Italian Maccabi Federation, the Italian Jewish sporting organisation, even said they were "considering legal action"against Di Canio.

The on-going row has totally overshadowed an impressive display by Lazio against Juventus, who top the league by eight points.

Juventus arrived on the back of 14 wins in their opening 15 matches but Di Canio helped set-up Christian Manfredini's early opener.

And Juve were struggling until French international David Trezeguet's equaliser in the 26th minute


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 19, 2005
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