Swindon Town’s decision to appoint Paolo di Canio as manager has forced a sponsor to terminate their relationship with the club due to the Italian’s fascist views.
The GMB Union financially back the Robins to the tune of around £4,000-per-season but have now severed ties with the club after their appointment of the controversial Italian.
Former West Ham favourite Di Canio is open about being a fascist and admits he is an admirer of Mussolini. He was fined 7,000 Euros during his second spell with Lazio after twice giving a fascist salute to his own supporters during a local derby against Roma in 2005.
And the appointment of Di Canio has caused friction with the GMB Union – who have a firm anti-facism policy.
Andy Newman, the GMB’s Swindon branch secretary, told Sportsmail: ‘We have decided to end our sponsorship deal with Swindon Town, we will not be renewing our agreement with them.
‘Because we are a trade union we could not be seen to have a financial relationship with a club that has fascist manager. We have no choice. It’s unfortunate but that’s the way it is.’
Swindon officials claimed last night they had tried their best to maintain their relationship with GMB.
Di Canio will be officially unveiled as Swindon’s new manager on Monday.