Di Canio fined for fascist salute10 March 2005

Lazio striker Paolo Di Canio has been fined €10,000 for the fascist-style salute he made in the derby win over Roma in January. The Italian Football League also handed Lazio a fine of the same amount.

Di Canio, 36, had claimed that the gesture was a misrepresentation by the cameraman. But the League disciplinary commission ruled on Thursday that the gesture had “immediately and unequivocally recalled a precise political ideology”.

Di Canio appeared to give a straight-arm gesture after scoring the opening goal in Lazio's 3-1 win over Roma. The League said players should not “engage in any gestures indicating any kind of political ideology…which could potentially provoke a violent reaction from fans”.