Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Duo's Late-Night Antics Leave Di Canio Seething

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Duo's Late-Night Antics Leave Di Canio Seething

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Byline: JAMES HUNTER

PAOLO DI CANIO has slammed the indiscipline he has found since taking over at Sunderland.

The Black Cats' head coach left defenders Phil Bardsley and Matt Kilgallon out of yesterday's final game of the season at Spurs.

That was after pictures emerged of the pair in a casino in the early hours of Wednesday after they stayed out to celebrate Sunderland reaching safety following Wigan''s defeat against Arsenal.

Di Canio says the problem is deep-rooted - revealing he fined SEVEN players in the space of a week for a variety of misdemeanours.

These included turning up late for training and leaving the training ground without completing treatment programmes.

Asked about Bardsley's visit to the casino, and pictures which showed him lying on the floor surrounded by cash, Di Canio said: "I saw the picture on a website, so he was out of my squad.

"How can I play a player who is probably blurry for three or four days after what has happened? "I wanted to deliver a very clear message right from the beginning there are no excuses for behaving like he did.

"That is wrong. It disgusted me to see the image.

"I had already said to my assistant I would not play Phil because when I was talking to him the day after he was looking at the sky and not listening to me.

"There were other players there, but the others left before those two (Bardsley and Kilgallon) went to the casino.

"That is fine. They went out for dinner together and to watch the Wigan match on Tuesday - they are allowed to do this.

"They had a drink, celebrated - they were happy, I can imagine.

"However, 10.00, 11.00, midnight ... it is not acceptable for my squad.

"Always I give a second chance to people, but we are talking about someone who is 31 - not a kid - and with a family at home."

" While Bardsley was the only person referred to by name, he is far from the only player to fall foul of Di Canio's disciplinary code. …

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