Sky Sports Italia suspend relationship with Paolo Di Canio over "Dux" tattoo controversy

It is not the first time he has courted controversy

Paolo Di Canio, West Ham

Paolo Di Canio. Picture by: John Walton / PA Archive/Press Association Images

Sky Sports Italia have suspended their relationship with former West Ham and Celtic striker Paolo Di Canio after presenting a show with a "Dux" tattoo visible.

The tattoo, which represents Italy's former fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, was seen when the former Sunderland manager appeared as a pundit while wearing a short-sleeved shirt.

The tattoo is inked on his right bicep.

The Dux tattoo partially visible on his right bicep. Picture by: GIUSEPPE CALZUOLA / AP/Press Association Images


It led to complaints from viewers, leading the TV channel to take action.

"We made a mistake. We apologise for those whose sensibilities were hurt," they said.

Di Canio has previously courted controversy for performing the fascist salute while playing for boyhood club Lazio.