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Di Canio to face disciplinary hearing

Updated: Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 16:56

Paolo Di Canio scored the opener in last month's Rome derby
Paolo Di Canio scored the opener in last month's Rome derby

Former West Ham striker Paolo Di Canio is set to be punished after his alleged fascist salute in the derby clash between Lazio and Roma.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) believed Di Canio's controversial gesture during his team's 3-1 victory against the Giallorossi on January 6 was a breach of Article One of the Italian sporting law code.

"Without considering the interpretations of his gesture in terms of its political content, Di Canio's behaviour is a contrast to the principles of loyalty and correctness that a sportsman has to follow," said a statement from the FIGC.

The Disciplinary Commission of the Italian football league (Lega Calcio) will now decide on the punishment the player will be given.

Italy's former fascist dictator Benito Mussolini used to support
Lazio and the club's fans have a history of suspected fascist
leanings.

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