Di Canio meets Holocaust survivors in Rome
Lazio's Paolo Di Canio has defended his political views after meeting with Jewish survivors of Nazi death camps yesterday.
Lazio's Paolo Di Canio has defended his political views after meeting with Jewish survivors of Nazi death camps yesterday. The striker was condemned by Jewish groups in Italy after making fascist salutes at the end of Serie A matches against Livorno and Juventus in December. Yesterday's meeting between representatives of Lazio and AS Roma teams and three survivors of Nazi camps outside Italy was arranged by the mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni. "Today, we heard the stories of people who have been through something terrible," Di Canio said after the meeting. The player has always insisted his salutes had no racist overtones, although he has never hidden his admiration for former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. After yesterday's meeting, however, he admitted that Mussolini's laws against Jews had been wrong. "It's important that people are aware of what happened. The race laws [introduced by Mussolini] were terrible. Violence is never a positive thing," he said.