The newly-appointed Sunderland manager has again moved to shift focus away from his alleged political ideology and back to football in a statement released by the club
The Black Cats boss, who was recently hired to replace Martin O'Neill, has come under fire since taking the post for previously declaring himself as a fascist.
However, the Italian has now denied this in a statement on the club's official website and vowed to "only speak of football" from now on.
The statement reads: “I have clearly stated that I do not wish to speak about matters other than football, however, I have been deeply hurt by the attacks on the football club.
“This is a historic, proud and ethical club and to read and hear some of the vicious and personal accusations is painful. I am an honest man, my values and principles come from my family and my upbringing.
"I feel that I should not have to continually justify myself to people who do not understand this, however I will say one thing only - I am not the man that some people like to portray.
“I am not political, I do not affiliate myself to any organisation, I am not a racist and I do not support the ideology of fascism. I respect everyone.
“I am a football man and this and my family are my focus. Now I will speak only of football.”