MILAN — Former Lazio participant Paolo Di Canio has been suspended from his position as a TV analyst for Sky Italia after displaying a tattoo linked to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
The “Dux” tattoo on Di Canio’s proper biceps was seen throughout Sky’s Premier League protection over the weekend, elevating protests from viewers.
“Dux” is the Latin phrase for chief and the origin of the Italian “Duce,” which Mussolini adopted as his title.
Jacques Raynaud, the manager vice-president for Sky Sport & Sky Media, says “We apologize to anybody who was offended.”
Identified for his right-wing political opinions, Di Canio was suspended as a participant for making a fascist salute.
Di Canio additionally performed for Celtic, Sheffield, West Ham and Charlton; and he has managed Swindon and Sunderland in England.