Di Canio blast for ‘treasonous’ Bardsley, with Sunderland striker Fletcher also in firing line

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FORMER Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio’s parting shot in an interview in which he criticised Martin O’Neill, Roberto De Fanti and Valentino Angeloni was to turn his fire on Phil Bardsley, who has accused the Italian of trying to destroy his career, and leading scorer Steven Fletcher, who allegedly took umbrage at some of the head coach’s comments.

Speaking of Bardsley, Di Canio said: “At the beginning of the season, he made tweets celebrating the defeat of the club that pay him.

“A person at the club came to me and said ‘we want to fine him’, and I agreed.

“He was celebrating.

“That is the worst treason for the people next to you. It is clear that he tried to destroy his career on his own.”

The ex-Swindon boss then went on to deride claims from Fletcher that he did not want the players to smile or laugh.

He said: “Fletcher was never happy when I said, publicly, that after four years in England his record was two relegations, and twice 17th in the table.

“Maybe the players wanted a big screen with a comedy movie?

“When you have a training session you are there to improve. Maybe there is a moment when you have fun, and they probably had too much fun.”

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