NEWS After Pagine Ebraiche’s Allegations, Paolo Di Canio Repudiates Fascism
By Pagine Ebraiche staff
Former soccer player Paolo Di Canio repudiated his former support for Fascism. In an interview with the major Italian daily, Corriere della Sera, Di Canio called his tattoos featuring the word “dux” (referring to the Fascist Duce Benito Mussolini)“mistakes”. He also stated that the Fascist salutes he made several times during soccer matches were mistakes as well.
Di Canio’s statements come a few months after he was suspended by the Sky Sport Channel, where he anchored a show focused on the English Premier League, after Pagine Ebraiche denounced the Fascist tattoo visible on his arm.
The player had then addressed an apology to the President of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities Noemi Di Segni.
As pointed out by Di Canio himself in the Corriere della Sera interview, he decided to contact her because he felt that the Jewish community was among the most affected people.
He concluded that he agreed with the response of President Di Segni: that it is important to pay attention to words and gestures, and that this responsibility weighs even more heavily on those who address the general public. “I agree with every single word,” Di Canio said.