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Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio dodges fascist question.

Summary: Sunderland manager Di Canio dodges fascist question at press conference.

New Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has refused to answer questions about whether he holds fascist beliefs during his first press conference.

The 44-year-old previously stated 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.

As the furore over his political views intensified, the Italian was asked if he was a fascist on several occasions during Tuesday's briefing, but did not directly respond, even though he was clearly angered by the questioning.

"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.

"My life speaks for me so there is no need to speak any more about this situation because it's ridiculous and pathetic.

"I can't every two weeks, every two months, every ten months answer the same questions that are not really in my area.

"We are in a football club and not in the House of Parliament. I'm not a political person, I will talk about only football."

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Date:Apr 2, 2013
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