Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman
Billy Bragg isn't taking too kindly to the Sunderland Football Club's decision to make Paolo di Canio its new head coach.
In the past, Mr. Di Canio has indeed described himself as a fascist and given fascist salutes on the pitch, though he has also emphatically denied being a racist. Controversy over Mr. Di Canio's beliefs has been swirling ever since he was welcomed to England's Premier League two weeks ago. And at a press conference after getting the job, he didn't do much to tamp down the fires.
Since then, Paolo di Canio has publicly distanced himself from fascism. But not everyone thinks he's had a real conversion. Abraham Foxman is the National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, which is calling for Paolo di Canio to be fired. Abraham Foxman was in New York City.
Author of Game Changer, Mihir Bose
Mihir Bose takes a different view of the situation. He is the author of Game Changer: How the English Premier League Came to Dominate the World. He was in London, England.
Author of Football, Fascism and Fandom, Alberto Testa
We started this segment with a clip from fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini whipping up the crowds in Rome in 1939.
Italy was the birthplace of modern fascism and according to Alberto Testa, fascism still has some appeal in Italian football circles. Alberto Testa is a sociologist at Brunel University and the author of Football, Fascism and Fandom: The UltraS of Italian Football. He was in London, England this morning.
This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.
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