Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio faces Aston Villa backlash after Swindon incident

HAVING HIS SAY: The then Swindon Town manager Paolo Di Canio reacts to Aston Villa's fans at the end of the game at the County Ground

HAVING HIS SAY: The then Swindon Town manager Paolo Di Canio reacts to Aston Villa's fans at the end of the game at the County Ground

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PAOLO Di Canio can expect a hot reception next week from Aston Villa fans who feel they were taunted by the colourful Italian on their last meeting.

Villa fans were incensed last October after the Premier League side beat Swindon 3-2 in the Capital One Cup at the County Ground to see Di Canio approach them and seemingly suggesting Swindon would be going up this season and Villa would be relegated.

But Di Canio insisted that that was not the case and he was merely praising Robins’ fans for the quality of their support in an eventful cup tie.

The then Swindon boss had watched his side storm back from a 2-0 deficit to level, only for Villa striker Christian Benteke to score a match-winner to send his team into the last eight of the competition.

And when the subject was raised post-match about Villa supporters’ fury at what they saw as baiting, he insisted: ‘No, that was not the case.

“I was saying to my fans that they had been brilliant and their support was so good that they were up there and Villa were below them.

“To see the County Ground full of emotion when we scored the second goal was amazing.

“I was saying it was my fans that are the top and they are underneath you.”

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