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Di Canio faces trouble over controversial gesture

ROME, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Lazio's Paolo Di Canio could face action from the disciplinary board of the Italian Football League after he made a raised-arm gesture at the end of their 2-1 defeat to Serie A rivals Livorno at the weekend.

The incident happened as the 37-year-old striker walked out under the Lazio supporters section.

He made the same gesture at the end of Lazio's victory over city rivals AS Roma in January this year and on that occasion the Football League fined him 10,000 euros.

Livorno keeper Marco Amelia urged the authorities to crack down on Di Canio.

'There are measures that can be taken against such behaviour. I hope they are carried out,' he was quoted as saying in La Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday.

The match between Livorno and Lazio was as much a conflict of political views as it was a sporting contest.

Livorno are well-known in Italy for the hard left-wing politics of their supporters, while Lazio's ultras have often aligned themselves with the far right.

POISONOUS ATMOSPHERE

Sunday's match was played in a poisonous atmosphere in which one half of the supporters chanted anti-facist songs while the other half held up a swastika.

It was a poor advertisement for Italian football, which this season has introduced new measures to crack down on violent and antisocial conduct in the stadiums.

Their success so far has been limited. In October a Sampdoria fan was almost blinded when a flare launched by opposition fans exploded in her face.

Last month Messina defender Mark Zoro brought a Serie A match against Inter Milan to a standstill when he grabbed the ball and refused to play on after suffering racist abuse from a part of the crowd.

Last week's Italian Cup tie between Napoli and AS Roma erupted in violence that ended in fifteen injured and several arrests.