Di Canio accepts FA charge of improper conduct

The Sunderland manager fumed after Jozy Altidore had a goal disallowed by referee Martin Atkinson and was charged accordingly.
Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has been fined 8,000 pounds by the Football Association after accepting a charge of improper conduct.

Di Canio 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 USA striker Jozy Altidore's goal after the referee did not allow play to continue after the striker was fouled by Bacary Sagna.

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 said 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 a history of FA fines and bans, most notably he served two touchline bans while manager of Swindon Town.