Vain David Miliband and posing Paolo Di Canio are too similar to work together at Sunderland
PAOLO Di Canio is all over the news following his appointment as manager of Premier League football club Sunderland FC. When he took the job, David Miliband, the Arsenal fan, resigned his £75k pa non-executive directorship of the club. The former Labour MP and Foreign Secretary was upset that Di Canio had given one-armed salutes to Lazio fans and declared himself a fan of Benito Mussolini and fascism.
And with Dave’s help, Di Canio became a huge news story. He is all over the BBC news. Well, they do so love to writing about one of their own. In 2012, Di Canio went to work for the BBC. His online column was trailed:
Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio, one of football’s most controversial and colourful characters, gives his views in his latest column for BBC Sport.
No-one at the BBC resigned. Former Tory MP and Cabinet Minister Chris Patten did not resign as BBC Chairman. BBC News readers, political commentators, DJs, and actors did not resign. Labour politicians did not refuse to appear on BBC news, Question Time and panel games. No weathermen has placed a black cloud over Sunderland.
Only David Miliband made a scene and flounced off. Is he the lone voice of reason? Or is he a vain, biased, blinkered, aggressive grandstander? Is Dave, you know, a bit like Paolo?
PS – Paolo’s first BBC column began: “I have discovered in England that sometimes the media are more crazy in some ways than the Italian media.”