Following the uproar over his appointment as new Sunderland manager, Paolo di Canio has received support from an unexpected source. The national Referees’ Association has issued a statement praising the ideology of radical authoritarianism, a view expressed by Mr di Canio in his autobiography, despite recent claims to the contrary. The statement goes on to say that the Referees’ Association firmly believe that a single jumped-up, self-important man who acts as if people have come purely to see him should have indisputable power, even if others consider him to be a twat.
During his playing days, Paolo di Canio had a few run-ins with referees, most famously when he pushed Paul Alcock to the ground after being sent off for Sheffield Wednesday, resulting in a lengthy ban. However, he now claims that is all in the past, and that he has a close affinity with referees nowadays. “We support the same notions, share the same attitudes and have the same belief in totalitarianism,” he said. “And I've launched a campaign to get them back into their more appropriate, traditional black shirts.”