PAOLO DI CANIO: I’M A PA­GAN! Footy nut­case re­veals he’s con­verted to Druidism

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By REX ROW­LANDS

SOC­CER hard­man Paolo Di Canio has re­vealed he’s a prac­tis­ing PA­GAN.

The Swin­don Town boss – fa­mous for push­ing ref­eree Paul Al­cock on his arse – shocked the world of foot­ball by re­veal­ing he’ll be per­form­ing a druidic rit­ual in his back gar­den for the win­ter solstice.

The bonkers Ital­ian played for Charl­ton, West Ham, Sh­effield Wed­nes­day and Celtic dur­ing his time in Bri­tain.

He also played in Italy for Lazio, dur­ing which time he con­tin­u­ously got in trou­ble with the foot­ball author­i­ties for his fas­cist salutes to the right-wing crowd.

But he claims he has now been se­duced by the an­cient I WAS gut­ted to see su­per fit boxer Amir Khan get beaten the other night – he was well and truly robbed.

He didn’t de­serve to lose just be­cause of some dodgy ref­er­ee­ing. It had me scream­ing at my telly!

I love watch­ing a bit of boxing. The bod­ies on some of those boys are a sight to be­hold – and I’ve al­ways had a thing for Bolton boy Amir in par­tic­u­lar.

Watch­ing him drip­ping in sweat, smash­ing his op­po­nents around the ring – it al­ways gets me go­ing.

So cheer up Amir, you can jab me any time! Celtic reli­gion of pa­gan­ism. Di Canio said: “On De­cem­ber 21st my friend will be coming over and we will cel­e­brate the solstice. I can’t be at Stone­henge be­cause I don’t want to go away be­tween games, so we’ll cel­e­brate the rit­ual at my home. We have space in the gar­den.

“We’ll have a bon­fire pointed in the right di­rec­tion, in the pa­gan tra­di­tion with lau­rel branches.

“It’s im­por­tant to me be­cause a few years ago I started to feel the en­ergy… some­thing that con­nects with oth­ers in some way.

“I feel that the en­ergy around you is some­thing that can em­power you.

“A few years ago I started to ap­pre­ci­ate the idea of think­ing about mor­tal­ity ev­ery day so that you pre­pare your­self for death.”

UN-HENGED: A druid healing at Stone­henge

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