Swindon defend Di Canio as dispute over ‘racist abuse’ continues

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SWINDON Town are standing by Paolo Di Canio after a new twist in a row over alleged racist abuse.

The Robins defended their manager after it was first claimed he had a made a racist remark to on-loan Leyton Orient striker Jonathan Tehoue.

It has since been claimed that Swindon’s solicitors conceded in a letter sent to Tehoue’s lawyers in April that a remark made by the ex-Sheffield Wednesday star was “inappropriate”.

But Swindon are sticking by their view that Tehoue’s allegation of racist abuse was “without merit.”

The club say they “reaffirm the content” of a statement they issued on May 15 and have no further comment. They also say they are supporting an FA view of the affair.

Swindon’s statement said: “The board was fully appraised of the facts at the time of the alleged incident back in March and having investigated it, was satisfied that it was without merit and took appropriate action then. Of course the club will, however, happily assist the FA in its inquiries.

“The manager, Paolo Di Canio denies completely any suggestion that he used toward Jonathan Tehoue or anyone abusive, insulting or threatening words or behaviour by reference to race, or at all, and the board wishes to affirm its complete and unequivocal support for its manager in this regard.

“Further, the board is wholly satisfied that any decisions concerning Jonathan Tehoue’s playing career whilst at STFC were made for purely footballing reasons.”