Premier League: The Controversial Career of New Sunderland Boss Paolo Di Canio

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Premier League: The Controversial Career of New Sunderland Boss Paolo Di Canio
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Few high-profile footballing figures conjure up controversy like new Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio.

Even now, less than 24 hours after his appointment to succeed Martin O'Neill at the Stadium of Light, the former midfielder has become embroiled in a minefield over his political views.

Sunderland vice-chairman David Miliband has stepped down from his post following the appointment of Di Canio (via BBC News), while the Black Cats have defended the Italian following his arrival (BBC Sport).

But controversy and Di Canio have been regular bed-fellows during the former West Ham and Lazio player's time as a player and a manager.

Here we look at a few of the incidents which have involved Di Canio.

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