'I'm a fascist not a racist' insists Di Canio

December 23, 2005
By Simon Evans
MILAN, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Lazio striker Paolo Di Canio is to appeal against a ban and a fine imposed following a recent straight-arm salute, claiming that while the gesture is fascist it not of a racist character.

'I am a fascist, not a racist,' Di Canio told the Italian news agency ANSA on Friday.

'I give the straight arm salute because it is a salute from a 'camerata' to 'camerati',' he said using the Italian words for members of the late dictator Benito Mussolini's fascist movement.
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