Di Canio’s appointment as Sunderland manager is a renewed demonstration of the worst elements of football. I love football, I think it’s a great sport, and I follow it closely. BUT the associated hooliganism both on and off the pitch is disgusting. I refer to hooliganism not only in the traditional sense associated with the beautiful game, but in terms of players’ salaries, managers, the whole corporate, elite-sponsored joyriding that takes place. And to say that politics is not a part of football is entirely unfounded, and shows a shallow understanding of the game. Football has classically been a working class sport, and has been used as a political tool in cultural colonialism, particularly in Africa. Nearly everyone I spoke to about football in Kenya supported one of the English top 5, and I know that trend is replicated across the continent. The idea that Sunderland can appoint a fascist to manage their club, and attempt to separate the act from politics, is rididulous. Everything is political, not least the hiring to a multi-million pound position. It is undeniable that racism is an unfortunate part of the culture, evident in recent cases regarding John Terry, among others. To separate fascism from racism is another step – perhaps best left to the inarticulate morons in the EDL who attempt to defend their position as ‘not racists’ to show its inaccuracy.