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The Italian was sent to the stands by Martin Atkinson on Saturday when Jozy Altidore's goal was ruled out after the referee brought play back for a foul by Bacary Sagna

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has been fined £8,000 by the Football Association after accepting a charge of improper conduct.

The Italian was sent to the stands by referee Martin Atkinson following a dispute with the official during his side's 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.

Di Canio was angered by Atkinson's decision to rule out Jozy Altidore's goal when the referee did not allow play to continue after the striker was fouled by Bacary Sagna and has now accepted the FA's punishment for his reaction.

The Italian was also annoyed by Arsenal’s suspected time-wasting and, after a brief argument with Atkinson, he was sent off.

"He came to me and said 'if you keep going with your manner I will send you up to the stand'," Di Canio told reporters immediately after the match.

"I said if you want to complete a perfect job, you can send me off. He took it seriously and sent me off."

Two goals in nine minutes from Aaron Ramsey condemned the Black Cats to a third defeat of the season and kept Di Canio's side rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.

Di Canio has previously served two touchline bans while manager of Swindon Town.

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