Durham Miners, Football and Principles: The Sunderland case

Paolo Di Canio SunderlandItalian Head-coaches are having their moment in UK football.

But which Italians are we talking about? 

Mr  Di Canio, of course!

But which Mr Di Canio: Mr Fairplay  or Mr Fascist ?

Paolo Di Canio  LazioThe Durham Miners’ Association rejects the latter and demands the return of their banner back from  Stadium of Light.

The reason? Sunderland Football Club appointed the self-confessed fascist Paolo Di Canio  as head coach of the team…

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Durham miners

Durham Miners Demand Banner Back from Stadium of Light.

Dave Hopper the General Secretary of the Durham Miners’ Association is writing to Sunderland Football Club to demand the return of the Wearmouth Miners’ Banner, which is on permanent display in the Stadium of Light, in protest at the decision to appoint the self-confessed fascist, Paolo Di Canio, as their head coach.
Mr Hopper, who worked for 27 years as a miner at Wearmouth Colliery, the site on which the Stadium of Light now stands, described Di Canio’s appointment as an outrage and a betrayal of all those who fought and died fighting fascism.

He said,”I like many thousands of miners have supported Sunderland from infancy and are passionate about football. But, there are principles which are much more important.

“Our banner represents the Durham miners’ long struggle for the rights of the working class, rights which were annihilated by fascism in Germany, Italy, Spain and Chile”…