The Labour MP for South Shields, David Milliband has resigned from his position as vice-chairman of Sunderland FC over the appointment of Paolo di Canio as new manager. Apparently, di Canio has been seen in the past giving some Roman salutes to fans. He also described himself as a fascist but insists he is "not a racist".
Are we not getting a little hung up on symbols like salutes? I don't recall di Canio ever making a racist statement and let's face it, there are CEOS, managers etc. out there that actually are racists but no-one seems to be resigning from those companies.
Milliband is leaving British politics to take up a position with a charity in the USA. Is he just using this "controversy" to justify a move he'd be making soon any way?
David Miliband Quits Sunderland Over Di Canio
Mods, this issue is about more than football. It's a general question of whether one endorses someone else's position by working with them or in their company or being associated with them.