Paolo Di Canio

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Lazio fans have long been associated with fascism. Photo: Marco Rosi/Getty Images

Recent weeks have shown, once again, that Italian football has a deep-seated problem with racism and fascism. At the St Stephen’s Day game at the San (...)

John O’Shea has said he wants to stay at Sunderland despite relegation to the Championship. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty

John O’Shea says he wants to stay at Sunderland despite the club’s relegation on Saturday, the subdued end of a miserable season on Wearside. O’Shea(...)

Republic of Ireland goalscorer James McClean battles with Austria’s Marko Arnautovic at the Ernst-Happel Stadium, Vienna, Austria, during their World Cup Qualifying Group D encounter on Saturday night. Photograph: leonhard foeger/reuters

It’s a reasonable bet that if you were to conduct a poll to discover which Republic of Ireland player was the current favourite of the Ireland fans, t(...)

James McClean  hits the crossbar during the World Cup Group D qualifier against  Georgia at Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

It was a couple of years back that the long retired netbuster Mick Quinn, while chatting on TalkSPORT, posed one of the great footballing questions, i(...)

Sunderland’s Patrick van Aanholt scores the equaliser in the Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion at The Stadium of Light. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Sunderland 1 West Brom 1 Patrick van Aanholt came off the bench to relieve the pressure on manager David Moyes as Sunderland collected just their sec(...)

 Anthony Martial’s equaliser earned Manchester United an FA Cup quarter-final replay with West Ham. Photograph: PA

Manchester United 1 West Ham United 1 It has been 15 years since Paolo Di Canio found himself staring down Fabien Barthez with the chance to eliminat(...)

Former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager Rafael Benítez is the ninth man in charge of Newcastle United during Mike Ashley nine-year ownership o the club. Photograph: Getty.

Rafael Benítez is confronting possibly the biggest challenge of his managerial career after succeeding Steve McClaren at Newcastle United. The form(...)

Sunderland AFC Chief Executive Officer Margaret Byrne on the left. During the trial the jury was told that, by May 4, chief executive Margaret Byrne met Adam Johnson and his barrister and she had all the messages exchanged and transcripts from police interviews. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

So how did it come to this? How did the bright, sassy, funny, seemingly streetwise young woman dubbed “the new Karren Brady” end up going into hiding(...)

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce played Adam Johnson 28 times after his initial arrest for having sexual activity with a child. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images.

Sam Allardyce was once sacked from a prison cell. It was back in 1996 when Allardyce was in charge of Blackpool at the beginning of his managerial ca(...)

Sunderland have completed the signing of  of Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates on a four-year deal. Photograph:  Richard Sellers/PA

Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat secured his first signing on Wednesday evening when Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates completed a permanent swit(...)

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