Sunderland pub switches to Italian colours for Di Canio’s first home game

Corner Flag pub is toasting Di Canio

Corner Flag pub is toasting Di Canio

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A SUNDERLAND city centre pub is adding green to its passion for everything red and white.

The Corner Flag will change its name for the day tomorrow, to become The Italian Flag in honour of Paolo Di Canio’s achievements last Sunday and to welcome him to Wearside.

The bar is affiliated to retro SAFC fanzine Seventy3, which has released a special supplement for Di Canio’s first home game against Everton. It features a review of the drama following his arrival, experiences from a fan of the controversial new boss’s former club Swindon Town, and a look at Italian culture.

“We are a retro magazine looking back on Sunderland’s history,” said Seventy3 editor-in-chief Malcolm Robinson.

“However, the arrival of Paolo Di Canio to Sunderland has been one of the most sensational and biggest dramas in the history of the club, and not to dedicate extra pages to this event would be criminal.

“We have a 1973 40th anniversary issue coming up and it did not seem right to have Paolo and the current debate in there, so the special supplement was produced – actually written before Sunday’s result.”