Wednesday 24 May 2017

Di Canio fact file

1996 -- Stay at AC Milan is cut short after a violent dressing-room row with coach Fabio Capello. "You're crazy. You are a nobody," Di Canio rages.

1997 -- Goals and controversy in a year at Celtic, where statements such as "hatred can be good"overshadow on-pitch achievements.

Sep 26, 1998 -- Banned for 11 matches and fined £10,000 for shoving referee Paul Alcock to the ground after being sent off while playing for Sheffield Wednesday against Arsenal.

Feb 12, 2000 -- Tussles for the ball with regular penalty taker Frank Lampard when West Ham are awarded a spot-kick against Bradford. Di Canio wins the argument, scores and West Ham go on to win 5-4.

Dec 16, 2000 -- Shuns scoring chance for West Ham because Everton 'keeper Paul Gerrard is on the ground injured. Later collects Fifa Fair Play award.

Jan 6, 2005 -- A goal in the Rome derby is followed by a straight-arm salute to Lazio's notoriously right-wing ultras that prompts wave of protest.

Jan 7, 2012 -- Hails Swindon's FA Cup third-round defeat of Premier Leaguers Wigan as "the best moment of my life".

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