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Paolo Di Canio pushes referee - The W1nners' Club

 

Have you ever been so annoyed by the person in charge at your workplace during a disciplinary hearing that it required all the composure you could muster to prevent you from assaulting them?

If you have, don’t worry because it doesn’t mean you’re a lunatic.

Everybody gets a bit hot under the collar at times, even Premier League footballers and Sheffield Wednesday star Paolo Di Canio was no dfferent.

The Italian striker got himself into slightly more than a bit of bother when he pushed referee Paul Alcock to the ground after being sent off in a match against Arsenal back in 1998.

The 30-year-old had been playing in the Premier League for a season, after making a £4.2 million move from Celtic.

It became one of the most farcical and controversial moments the Premier League has ever witnessed and remains unique in the history of the top flight.

Tempers began to spill over just before half time as Di Canio got into a tussle with Patrick Vieira and then Arsenal defender Martin Keown.

The Italian attempted to grab Keown’s face after kicking him which caused referee Alcock to show him the red card.

Di Canio’s one-man war against the world did not end there however, as the Italian reached out and shoved Alcock.

The manner in which Paul Alcock stumbled to the ground was described by Owls defender Andy Hinchcliffe as, “a bit theatrical,” and the “very funny” decision of Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn to confront Di Canio only to flinch when the Italian motioned in his direction was also one of the incident’s hilarious highlights.

Sadly however, Di Canio’s shove turned out to be an act that almost ended the former Juventus and AC Milan forward’s career – as he subsequently spent the best part of six months on the sidelines after the FA handed him an 11-game ban and a £10,000 fine.

Have a look at the video below and ask yourself what would happen to you if you pushed the boss over in the office the next time you get censured for breaking the rules. It’s safe to say you’d probably spend considerably longer than six months of your career out of favour with management.

 

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