League Cup - Di Canio spat overshadows Swindon defeat

Wed, 31 Aug 07:36:00 2011

Paolo di Canio was at the centre of a bizarre row with one of his own players after Swindon's 3-1 Carling Cup defeat at home to Championship Southampton.

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Swindon manager Di Canio clashed with striker Leon Clarke in an incident that began as the teams made their way off at full-time and continued into the tunnel. The pair had to be separated by stewards after di Canio had tried to drag Clarke off the field by his shirt and also put his arm around his neck.

Clarke refused to go into the dressing room and left Swindon's County Ground still wearing his kit while di Canio went home without attending his usual post-match press conference.

Instead it was left to chairman Jeremy Wray to try and explain the scuffle, saying: "Clearly there was an incident and it would be wrong to apportion blame until we have all the facts.

"Leon and the fitness coach were having words after the game and there a disagreement between them. As Leon came off the pitch Paolo was conscious these things should be done behind closed doors. There was a misunderstanding there that carried on into the tunnel.

"It got to a situation where the whole thing blew up very fast. There was frustration on both sides. The whole issue was trivial but nobody responded in the right way. The manager was quite right to try to defuse the situation. Paolo was frustrated the whole thing was played out in public. He feels one of the players has let him down."

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