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Di Canio set to play in St James' Park charity game
SUNDERLAND manager Paolo Di Canio looks set to be a surprise late addition to the AC Milan Glorie squad that will take on a Newcastle United XI in Steve Harper's charity game at St James' Park on Wednesday.
Di Canio spent two years at AC Milan in the mid-1990s, making 37 senior appearances for the Italian giants, and has played in previous charity matches featuring a line-up of former Milan greats.
When the initial squad lists were submitted for Wednesday's game, which will raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Great North Children's Hospital and Newcastle United Foundation, Di Canio's name did not feature.
However, Azzurri Management, the company that is the exclusive UK agent for AC Milan Glorie and former Italy skipper Franco Baresi, issued a tweet at the weekend confirming the Sunderland boss' participation in the game.
The tweet said: “Azzurri would like to announce Paolo Di Canio will play in Milan Glorie team in Steve Harper's charity match 11 September.”
Harper responded by tweeting: “The benefiting charities reach across the whole region and beyond so it's fantastic that Paolo Di Canio has agreed to play on Wednesday night.”
Di Canio's presence will provide some added spice to an occasion that is shaping up to be one of the biggest North-East sporting nights of the year.
Despite the ongoing unhappiness with Mike Ashley's ownership of the Magpies, a bumper crowd is expected to turn out to watch the likes of Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley, David Ginola and Faustino Asprilla pull on a Newcastle shirt again.
The Milan squad already boasted the likes of Baresi, Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Costacurta and Gianluigi Lentini, with Di Canio now set to be the cast in the role of pantomime villain given his position in charge of Sunderland.
The Italian's most recent experience of St James' was a positive one, as he led Sunderland to a 3-0 derby win over Newcastle in only his second game in charge of the club.
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