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Di Canio receives FA misconduct charge

Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio has received a fine of £8,000 after accepting an FA misconduct charge. 

Paolo Di Canio has his own way of doing things.
Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has regularly courted controversy in the past.

The 45-year-old clashed with referee Martin Atkinson during the Black Cats 3-1 defeat against Arsenal for what he perceived to be time wasting from the Gunners.

The Italian was also left frustrated by the officials' decision to disallow a Jozy Altidore goal in favour of bringing the play back for an earlier freekick -- admitting after the game he had invited Atkinson to dismiss him. 

Compounded by Atkinson’s unwillingness to send Bacary Sagna off for the clash with Altidore, had the striker’s goal stood, the scores would have been level at 2-2.

Confirming news of his charge via a statement, the FA said: "Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has been fined the standard penalty of £8,000 after he admitted an FA misconduct charge in relation to his behaviour during his side's game against Arsenal."

Despite the charge, Di Canio has not been banned from the dug-out, with a statement on Sunderland's official website adding: "He (Di Canio) is free to take his place on the touchline when Sunderland visit West Brom this weekend."

It is not the first time Di Canio has received such a charge. During his time with Swindon Town he served two touchline bans -- for celebrating on the pitch and for receiving his third red card of the campaign. 

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