Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Some Things Never Change

Paolo di Canio is at it again (hat tip: Eric McErlain).

It's pretty obvious that di Canio is an idiot and deserves to be punished. What I find more interesting is the significance of where he did it - Livorno, seen as an Italian Communist stronghold. Lazio, of course, is known for its fascist sympathies, and has been home to a few unsavoury incidents in the recent past, most notably Sinisa Mijhalovic and his spitting at Patrick Vieira, for the heinous crime of the colour of his skin.

Why is it that football clubs have started taking on these identities, in a way that I doubt is replicated in Italian domestic politics?