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Di Canio pens letter in effort to distance himself from fascism

The former player and manager was suspended by Sky in September and has written a letter rejecting fascism and its ideas.

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Paolo di Canio has written a letter to Noemi Di Segni, the president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, in an effort to distance himself from fascism and repair a reputation in ruins.

The former Juventus, Celtic and West Ham United player and Sunderland manager was suspended in September from Sky for wearing a shirt revealing the controversial body art "DUX" written on his arm in capital letters.

Di Canio was suspended by Sky in September for revealing an allegedly fascist tattoo
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Di Canio was suspended by Sky in September for revealing an allegedly fascist tattoo

“I believe, without ifs, ands, or buts, that Mussolini’s racist laws were a terrible infamy for the history of our country, an infamy that caused immense tragedy for thousands of Jews in Italy," Di Canio said in the letter.

He also said that given his public persona he needed to help “to sensitize our young people toward sentiments of solidarity and respect, to unite and not to divide, against any form of hatred, anti-Semitism, and racism.”

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