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Di Canio sorry for Sunderland rout

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has apologised to the club’s fans after his side’s hopes of Premier League survival were hit in a chastening 6-1 defeat at Aston Villa.

Sunderland had overcome Newcastle United and Everton in their two previous games, but they were abruptly brought down to earth at Villa Park on Monday in a game that saw Villa striker Christian Benteke score a second-half hat-trick. The result left Sunderland level on 37 points with Villa and Newcastle, five points above the relegation zone, and prompted Di Canio to say sorry to his side’s travelling fans. ‘We have to apologise to the supporters,’ said the Italian. ‘You can lose with a big gap, but the way it happened was not acceptable. ‘It is beautiful to be there with the fans when you win against Newcastle. But you also have to stand in front of them when you lose heavily.’

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