Paolo Di Canio yesterday denied he is a fascist or a racist as his "black pal" Trevor Sinclair exclusively told the Daily Star: "He's as mad as a hatter." Also: Tottenham want £15m Aston Villa ace Christian Benteke... Nemanja Vidic has told Manchester United's beaten Premier League rivals - show us more respect.
After almost three days of controversy and confusion, Paolo Di Canio was finally forced into distancing himself from fascism yesterday. Also: The Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has been sentenced to 250 hours of community service and a six-month driving ban after pleading guilty at Macclesfield magistrates court to driving while disqualified and without insurance.
Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio finally bowed to public pressure last night and issued a statement denying he was a fascist. Also: Carlos Tevez escaped jail yesterday when he was given 250 hours of community service, banned from driving for six months and ordered to pay £1,145 in court costs and fines after admitting motoring offences.
Paolo Di Canio was forced to issue a statement yesterday afternoon declaring he does not support the ideology of fascism following intense criticism since his appointment as the new manager of Sunderland on Sunday. Also: It was more Easy Street than the Road To Wembley last night for Jose Mourinho as his Real Madrid side put their passage into the Champions League semi-finals almost beyond doubt with a resounding first-leg victory.
Paolo Di Canio last night sought to end the controversy over his political beliefs by claiming: "I do not support the ideology of fascism." Also: Vincent Kompany's fractious relationship with the Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will be tested by summer interest from the elite of the Champions League.
Rafa Benitez has issued a defiant "come and get me" plea to Premier League clubs after revealing he wants to stay in English football. Also: Tottenham's hopes of clinching a Champions League spot have been hit after striker Jermain Defoe was ruled out for three weeks - because he practised shooting too much.
Neil Warnock was branded bitter after saying he wanted Mark Hughes to succeed him at Leeds so he could "destroy" another of his sides. Also: Paolo Di Canio did a U-turn yesterday and declared: "I do not support the ideology of fascism."
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has urged Wayne Rooney to join him and David Beckham at Paris St Germain. Also: Rafa Benitez has stunned Chelsea fans by insisting their team is better now than when he took over in November.
Jonjo O'Neill, the trainer who suffered heartbreak on two accounts in the John Smith's Grand National last year, offered a fervent defence of the imperilled race yesterday. Also: In a season undermined by intrigue and infighting, Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho have rarely enjoyed nights such as this when everything goes to plan and all seems right with their world.