PHIL’S MOCKY HOR­ROR SHOW Di Canio bans Bard­s­ley for Twit­ter piss-take

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By JA­SON MEL­LOR

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!!!”

An­gry

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.”

GET AWAY FROM ME: Di Canio

has slapped a ban on Bard­s­ley

FROZEN OUT: Bent

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