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Di Canio fined for salute

Published: Thursday 10 March 2005, 19.47CET
News round-up: S.S. Lazio's Paolo Di Canio has received a €10,000 fine from the Italian Football Federation.

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Published: Thursday 10 March 2005, 19.47CET

Di Canio fined for salute

News round-up: S.S. Lazio's Paolo Di Canio has received a €10,000 fine from the Italian Football Federation.
S.S. Lazio forward Paolo Di Canio has been fined €10,000 by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) after appearing to make a fascist salute when his team beat city rivals AS Roma 3-1 in January. "The gesture was undoubtedly evoking a precise political ideology," said an FIGC statement. "It's not possible to accept this kind of behaviour which could cause a violent reaction from fans." The FIGC have also fined Lazio €10,000. Di Canio, 36, returned to Italian football last summer after a successful spell in England.

FC Metalurh Donetsk coach Slavoljub Muslin has offered his resignation following the 2-0 defeat at FC Metalurh Zaporizhya on 6 March, but it has yet to be accepted. Metalurh lie third in the Ukrainian Premier League, ten points behind leaders FC Shakhtar Donetsk. The 51-year-old Muslin's move comes less than halfway through a two-year contract signed last June and follows a disagreement with Metalurh officials over the direction the club is taking.

Turkish Superleague team Istanbulspor AS have turned down coach Erol Tok's resignation and he has been persuaded to stay in charge. Tok took the decision to leave following Wednesday's 2-1 home defeat by MKE Ankaragücü. However, the Istanbulspor board refused his offer to step down at an extraordinary meeting. General manager Ergün Yücel said: "We will continue to work with Erol Tok."

Belarussian international midfielder Vladimir Korytko has signed a two-year contract with Russian Premier-Liga newcomers FC Terek Grozny, having been without a club since leaving rivals FC Alania Vladikavkaz in January. Korytko made 25 appearances for Alania last season, scoring two goals, and this will be the ninth club of the 25-year-old's well-travelled career.

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Seven-times Estonian Cup winners FC Flora were held to a 1-1 draw at home to second-division FC Lootus Alutaguse in their quarter-final first-leg tie, but holders FC Levadia Tallinn thrashed Meistriliiga rivals JK Tulevik Viljandi 5-1 to virtually secure their semi-final berth. FC TVMK Tallinn also won emphatically, 4-0 against FC Valga, while the remaining quarter-final first leg saw JK Trans Narva claim a 3-0 advantage against JK Merkuur Tartu.

Last updated: 10/03/05 20.49CET

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