Paolo Di Canio fined after being sent off by Martin Atkinson in Sunderland v Arsenal clash

MARCHING ORDERS: Sunderland's manager Paolo Di Canio is sent to the stands by referee Martin Atkinson
MARCHING ORDERS: Sunderland's manager Paolo Di Canio is sent to the stands by referee Martin Atkinson

SUNDERLAND head coach Paolo Di Canio has been fined by the FA after accepting a charge of improper conduct during last Saturday’s defeat to Arsenal.

Di Canio was sent to the stands during the 3-1 Stadium of Light loss after protesting with referee Martin Atkinson in stoppage time.

The Italian was charged by the FA this afternoon, but Sunderland immediately announced that he has pleaded guilty and accepted an £8,000 fine.

Di Canio was left fuming with Atkinson after the official failed to play an advantage when Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore scored what would have been a second equaliser for the Black Cats.

He then exchanged angry words with the referee in injury time after being frustrated by the time it took injured Arsenal frontman Olivier Giroud to leave the pitch.

“You know that if you lose two minutes (to an injury stoppage) they are never going to replace them,” said Di Canio afterwards.

“(Atkinson) came to me and said if you keep going with your manner I will send you up to the stand.

“I said to him ‘if you want to complete a perfect job, you send me off’. He took it seriously and sent me off.

“Next time I will not invite the referee to send me off.”

Meanwhile, Atkinson will continue to officiate in the Premier League this weekend, when he takes charge of Newcastle’s clash with Hull City.