Swindon boss Paolo di Canio hit by second touchline ban

Swindon Town manager Paolo di Canio has been handed a two-match touchline ban by the Football Association.

The 43-year-old was sent off for the third time this season during last month's 1-0 win over Macclesfield after disputing a second-half decision by referee Keith Stroud.

He was charged with improper conduct and will now have to watch the next two games from the stands.

It is the second time this year the Italian has received a touchline ban.

DI CANIO'S MISDEMEANOURS

  • Aug 2011: Swindon 1-2 Oxford

Sent to the stands after disputing an offside decision. Received no further charges.

  • December 2011: Northampton 1-2 Swindon

Sent off after Alan McCormack scored a late winner. Accepted charge by FA - handed one-match touchline ban and £500 fine.

  • January 2012: Swindon 1-0 Macclesfield

Sent to the stands after arguing defender Aden Flint had been pushed over. Charged by FA and given two-match touchline ban.

He was forced to sit out of Swindon's game against Rotherham last month because of his celebrations on the pitch following their win over Northampton.

After the win over Macclesfield, Di Canio was enraged by Stroud's decision to dismiss him and insisted he would not change his behaviour on the touchline.

"I have a culture and I do not stop my culture," he told BBC Points West. "I speak with my body language sometimes and English referees need to respect me.

"I will do what I want in the technical area. They can't stop me. I call my players and I have to do what I want with my players.

"If they want to send me off every game, no problem. I will win this league anyway because my team is a strong team."