Sunderland FC boss Paolo Di Canio calls police after incident in Whiteley hotel

CALLS POLICE: Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio. Picture: Jon Rigby
CALLS POLICE: Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio. Picture: Jon Rigby

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Hampshire police were called to a Whiteley hotel after a group of people abused the manager of a Premier League side.

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio confirmed he was involved in an incident at the Solent Hotel and Spa in Whiteley, Rookery Avenue, when he was abused by a group of people in the lobby.

He was attending a planing meeting late on Friday night, ahead of his team’s clash against Southampton, which ended 1-1.

He said that a group of men, thought to be Southampton fans, approached him and staff and tried to stop him getting into a lift.

The police were then called, but no arrests were made.

A police spokesman said: ‘Officers attended the Solent Hotel in Whiteley just after midnight on Saturday, August 24 following reports of an assault involving guests at the hotel.

‘A 20-year-old man from Southampton suffered a cut to his lip during the incident.

‘All parties were spoken to and the matter was resolved by way of community resolution. No one was arrested.’