English Premiership

Cops warn Newcastle fans

2013-04-11 14:49
Paolo Di Canio (File)

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".

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

"Offensive gestures, particularly those with a suggestion of racist connotations, are completely unacceptable and we will take positive action against anyone seen acting in an offensive or racist manner," said operations commander chief superintendent Steve Neill, of Northumbria Police.

"While some individuals may see this sort of behaviour as a means of poking fun at opposing fans, it is not a joke. Offensive behaviour can constitute a criminal offence and such behaviour is taken seriously."

He added that security camera footage of the match could be "checked retrospectively" and that fans suspected of inappropriate behaviour could be made to go before the courts, "which can lead to a criminal record and possible football banning order".

Read more on:    newcastle united  |  epl  |  paolo di canio  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

29 October 2016
Sunderland v Arsenal, Stadium of Light 13:30
Manchester United v Burnley, Old Trafford 16:00
Middlesbrough v Bournemouth, Riverside Stadium 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 16:00
Watford v Hull City, Vicarage Road 16:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City, White Hart Lane 16:00
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 18:30
30 October 2016
Everton v West Ham United, Goodison Park 15:30
Southampton v Chelsea, St. Mary's Stadium 18:00
31 October 2016
Stoke City v Swansea City, Britannia Stadium 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Will Jose Mourinho lead Manchester United to the English Premiership title in 2016/17?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.