Football: I don't support fascism, says Di Canio

New Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has addressed controversy over his political beliefs by declaring that he is not a racist and "does not support the ideology of fascism".

In a statement published on the club website, Di Canio said: "I am not political, I do not affiliate myself to any organisation, I am not a racist and I do not support the ideology of fascism. I respect everyone."

Di Canio had previously refused to clarify his political views, having told an Italian news agency in 2005 that he was "a fascist, but not a racist".