Newcastle United fans warned against fascist salutes

Local police have now instructed Newcastle fans not to make references to the controversy when the teams meet at St James' Park on Sunday.

updated: April 11, 2013 18:01 IST
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London: British police on Thursday warned Newcastle United fans not to taunt Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio with fascist salutes when the northeast rivals clash in the Premier League this weekend.

Di Canio, 44, was fined and banned for making straight-arm salutes to fans while playing for Lazio in 2005 and has faced repeated questioning about his political views after once saying he was a "fascist but not a racist".

His appointment at Sunderland led former British foreign secretary David Miliband to step down from his role on the club's board in protest and Di Canio later issued a statement in which he said he "does not support the ideology of fascism".

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