PHIL’S MOCKY HORROR SHOW Di Canio bans Bardsley for Twitter piss-take
FURIOUS Paolo Di Canio has slapped a ban on defender Phil Bardsley for mocking Sunderland.
Di Canio ramped up his bitter feud with the Scotland international, telling him to stay away from the club after the full-back took to social media to gloat after the opening day defeat to Fulham.
Bardsley has been told he will never play for the Black Cats while the Italian is in charge after their huge bust-up at the end of last season.
The 28-year-old outcast fell foul of the hardline Di Canio when a picture emerged on Twitter of him lying on the floor surrounded by £50 notes on a late-night visit to a casino just days before the final game of the campaign.
But the £30,000-a-week star has now been banished from the club altogether after Sunderland Under-21 player Scott Harrison posted a picture on his Instagram account after full-time of Saturday’s 1-0 loss, showing the tunnel area and with the comment: “#opening day (heart)”.
A reply from Bardsley’s @Bardoman26 account said: “Great opening day. Hahahhahaha hahahhaha!!!”
Bardsley has since deleted his account after a storm of protest from angry fans – and he has been told to stay away while the club investigate the incident.
Bardsley’s hopes of quitting Wearside have been put on ice after he suffered a broken foot playing for the Under-21 side – an injury that will keep him out for at least two months.
The Black Cats’ longestserving player – a £2million arrival from Old Trafford in 2008 – is in the final year of his contract.
Di Canio made it clear he has no future at the club when last week omitting Bardsley from this season’s squad list. Fulham boss Martin Jol is monitoring the situation, but will wait until the January transfer window to get his man.
Di Canio fears the Premier League is in danger of mirroring Serie A’s trigger-happy approach to firing managers, thanks to the influx of foreign owners.
“The Italian league is a disaster,” he said.
“One coach was sacked recently after a month in charge, and clubs regularly get through three managers a season.
“But now in England, they’ve started sacking managers.
“Why? Because there are also many foreign general directors and foreign chairmen over the last few years.
“It’s part of the job now.”
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