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Di Canio re-enacts push that made him infamous

Former Hammer Paolo DiCanio recreated the push which bought him fame in the nineties.

A team of former Arsenal players reunited to take on AC Milan’s Glorie side for charity.

Milan gave Paolo Di Canio a start, who provided one of the highlights of the afternoon when he and Nigel Winterburn recreated the infamous incident from a game between Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday in 1998.

Following an altercation between the pair, Di Canio was sent off by referee Paul Alcock, who the fiery Italian striker duly proceeded to shove to the floor in a fit of anger before Winterburn’s famous “flinch” as Di Canio left the pitch.

Now, 18 years on Winterburn said “Well, I’ve been waiting a long time to get Paolo back, I thought I’m getting a little bit old now so it was a good opportunity. Listen, we had a chat about it before honestly and said ‘let’s just have a little go.'”

Following the nineties incident Paolo Di Canio was offered the chance to repair his battered reputation when West Ham signed him from Sheffield Wednesday for £1.5 million.

At the time of the original incident Di Canio said “I made a mistake and I’m sorry, West Ham have given me a big chance and I’m very happy because they are a better team than Sheffield Wednesday.”

The rest as they say is history!


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

One comment on “Di Canio re-enacts push that made him infamous

  1. LOVE it Sean..But isnt the word Infamous lol COYIs

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