Aging Lazio striker Paolo Di Canio has been banned for one game and fined €10,000 for making a raised-arm salute in a match against Juventus on Saturday 17 December 2005. The former Italy international made the gesture after being substituted in the 1-1 draw against Juventus at the Olympic Stadium.
The 37-year-old also made a fascist salute during the Serie A defeat at Livorno on 11 December. Di Canio also made a fascist salute at the end of Lazio's 3-1 win over city rivals AS Roma in January. On that occasion he was fined €10,000 and escaped a ban.
The gestures have been attacked by politicians, players, fans and Jewish groups in Italy. Sepp Blatter, president of world soccer's governing body Fifa, said players making fascist salutes should be banned from the game for life.
Even Lazio distanced themselves from Di Canio, saying the club rejected any “politicisation” of football. Meanwhile, Juventus defender Lilian Thuram revealed that Di Canio told him before last Saturday's kick-off that his gesture had nothing to do with the Nazi salute and that he wasn't a fascist.
“He told me that his salute belonged to ancient Rome,” said the French defender.