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Sunderland squad complain to union after Di Canio docks wages

Seven Black Cats players have appealed after the Italian manager docked two weeks' worth of wages for indiscipline, a move that has been criticised by PFA chief Gordan Taylor

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio could face a dressing-room revolt from his players after he fined seven squad members two weeks' wages.

Phil Bardsley is one of those appealing after after a picture was posted on Twitter of the defender lying on the floor of a casino covered in cash and believes his actions are not in breach club rules.

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However, Di Canio's handling of the situation has also been criticised after he tore into his players during the post-match press conference on the final day of the season.

"He cannot be a law unto himself," Professional Footballers' Association chief Gordon Taylor told reporters.

"We’re aware of player unrest at some comments made publicly, and other ­situations. A number of players are involved.

"We’re aware of Paolo Di Canio’s comments - it’s something we had to deal with [when the Italian was manager] at Swindon as well.

"Our rules for discipline are agreed with the Premier League and Football Association."