TV station suspends Di Canio over tattoo linked to fascist dictator Mussolini

Former Lazio and West Ham player Paolo Di Canio has been suspended from his role as a TV analyst for Sky Italia after displaying a tattoo linked to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. The 48-year-old’s “Dux” tattoo on his right biceps was visible during Sky’s Premier League coverage at the weekend, raising protests from viewers. “Dux” is the Latin word for leader and the origin of the Italian “Duce,” which Mussolini adopted as his title. “After a long conversation (with Di Canio) we have decided to suspend (contacts),” said Jacques Raynaud, the vice-president of Sky Italia’s sport channels.

We committed an error and apologize to anyone who was offended.

Jacques Raynaud,Sky Sport & Sky Media

Known for his right-wing political views, Di Canio was suspended as a player for making a fascist salute. He later sought to distance himself from the extreme right when he faced criticism in 2013 after being appointed manager of Premier league club Sunderland. Di Canio also played for Celtic, Sheffield, West Ham and Charlton; and he has also managed Swindon in England. There was no immediate comment from Di Canio over the suspension. However, In Italy defending Fascism is a crime.

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.

Paolo Di Canio, speaking in 2013