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Cats respond to Di Canio's criticism of O'Shea


Sunderland's John O'Shea. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Sunderland's John O'Shea. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Sunderland's John O'Shea. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

SUNDERLAND have issued an angry response to claims by former manager Paolo di Canio that John O'Shea was "two-faced", among other charges made by the Italian.

Di Canio has been involved in a slanging match with his predecessor Martin O'Neill for some time. Ireland boss O'Neill described Di Canio as a "charlatan," and Di Canio cut loose in a weekend interview with an English newspaper.

He had some biting comments about Black Cats players, stating that Lee Catermole and Phil Bardsley were "rotten" and he was also scathing of club captain O'Shea (pictured), but now the club have hit back.

"Sunderland AFC would like to express its disappointment in relation to the disparaging comments made recently by Paolo di Canio, regarding the club and its players," the club said.

"The club is immensely proud of its players for the dignified and restrained manner in which they have conducted themselves publicly since Mr Di Canio's departure and it is particularly disappointing to read such comments when there are legal obligations in place to ensure such behaviour does not occur.

"The club is now considering its position with its legal representatives. Neither the club, head coach Gus Poyet nor the players will be making any further comment on the situation.

"We are looking forward, not back and are focusing on the vital games we have ahead of us."

Sunderland are hopeful of tying up a deal for Argentina striker Ignacio Scocco after agreeing a fee with Brazilian club Internacional.

It is understood the 28-year-old is due to head for Wearside in a bid to tie up a £3m move, although that is likely to happen later this week.

The frontman would be the third Argentinian to head for the Stadium of Light this month with keeper Oscar Ustari and central defender Santiago Vergini already on board.