Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio accepts FA fine

Di Canio 'told' ref to send him off

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has been fined £8,000 after accepting a Football Association charge of improper conduct.

The Italian was sent to the stands by referee Martin Atkinson during Saturday's 3-1 defeat by Arsenal.

Di Canio, whose side sit bottom of the Premier League, later admitted inviting the official to dismiss him.

"I said if you want to complete a perfect job, you can send me off," the ex-Swindon manager said after the game. "He took it seriously."

An FA statement read:external-link "Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has been fined the standard penalty of £8,000 after he admitted an FA misconduct charge in relation to his behaviour during his side's game against Arsenal."

Di Canio served two touchline bans while Swindon manager - first for celebrating a goal on the pitch and then for a third red card of the season.

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