Di Canio could face FA action

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Paolo Di Canio

Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio is on a collision course with the FA after being sent off during his side's fiery 1-0 victory over 10-man Macclesfield.

Di Canio was banished to the stands midway through the second half after reacting in fury to referee Keith Stroud's decision to deny his side a free-kick. The Italian is now facing a second touchline ban of the season after being charged by the authorities for racing on to the pitch to celebrate a late Swindon winner against Northampton earlier this month.

Di Canio fumed: "I did not swear or say any bad words but the referee sent me off because he did not like my body language. I am a passionate man and if I want to wave my arms in the air nobody is going to stop me."

He added: "If the FA charge me I will appeal because if I deserved to be sent off for that I will be in the stands every week.

"If they send me off 25 times it does not matter because I have a great team and we will still win the league."

On the pitch Di Canio was thankful for a first Robins league goal from striker Paul Benson, which was enough to hand his side victory.

The match looked to be heading for a draw until 14 minutes from time when former Charlton star Benson stooped to nod home debutant Luke Rooney's cross.

Di Canio admitted Swindon had to win to keep alive their automatic promotion hopes.

"I told the players in training that this was a very important match because I had a feeling the teams above us would drop points," he said.

"That is what happened because Southend and Cheltenham lost and Crawley only drew, so we are a bit closer to all of them."

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