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Di Canio tries to hush up Sunderland's U-21 loss

ESPN staff
September 9, 2013

Paolo di Canio had another of his regular explosions after his Sunderland side lost 3-1 in a behind-closed-doors game against the club's Under-21 development team.

The Mirror reported di Canio organised the practice match to give his senior players a proper workout during the international break but that the exercise went horribly wrong.

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The newspaper said that di Canio was "so incensed by the performance that he went over the game in detail afterwards and also told all the players not to mention the match had even happened".

The news broke on the day Sunderland captain John O'Shea said there was no issue between him and di Canio after the manager publicly criticised his captain following a defeat against Crystal Palace.

"He rang me the next day and all is nice," said O'Shea. "Getting criticised is one of those things and that is his style of management. What he had to say to me is private but let me put it to you this way, it was him calling me.

"The criticism does not bother me in the slightest. It is water off a duck's back to someone like me. Because he is such a passionate man, everything he does is getting hyped up."

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