Wes Foderingham REACTION to being subbed off by Di Canio 02/09/12





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Published on Sep 3, 2012

Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio says Wes Foderingham must apologise to the entire team following his substitution just 21 minutes into their game with Preston.
Paolo Di Canio: Swindon boss seeks Wes Foderingham apology

Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio says he will not play goalkeeper Wes Foderingham until he apologises to fans for the "arrogance" he showed in their 4-1 defeat by Preston on Sunday.

The 21-year-old was replaced by Leigh Bedwell on 21 minutes after his error lead to Akpo Sodje's opener.

He exchanged words with Di Canio as he left the field and chose to sit in the stands for the remainder of the game.

"He's the worst professional I've ever seen," Di Canio told BBC Wiltshire.

"It wasn't only the mistake, which can happen to everyone. It was the arrogance later on when he started moaning to the others. That was the worst thing for me. Di Canio went raw on his young goalkeeper. Hope the young lad is strong enough to come through this...harsh start to League One football" Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter

"If he doesn't come out and say sorry to the fans for his professionalism then he is out of my team."

Foderingham had never played in the Football League before Di Canio brought him to the County Ground on loan from Crystal Palace in October 2011.

He immediately claimed the number one jersey and earned a permanent deal in January after conceding only six goals in 15 games.

The England Under-21 international felt the wrath of Di Canio towards the end of last season's League Two winning campaign, when he was dropped from the first team for his involvement in a post-match night out.

The Italian reinstated the keeper after a group apology and he is adamant he will not back down until Foderingham admits his mistakes.

"I don't want any arguments from the fans who will say: 'we've got to play Oxford'. I don't mind because these are my rules. "The fans have to stay calm and not boo. I have made my decision.

"He was nothing until the day he joined me. He didn't have one second as a professional.

"He is very good and it is thanks to him we did well last year, but he's forgotten everything. He's arrogant and thinks he's untouchable."

Di Canio concluded: "I don't have to speak to anybody. The players have to come to the manager, when they behave like this. I didn't leave the ground, kick the bottle or leave my team-mates."

This latest run-in comes just weeks after Di Canio's spat with former captain Paul Caddis, who has now left on loan to Birmingham City, in which the Italian refused to play the defender because of a "change in attitude".

And last season, only a month in to his tenure, Di Canio had an on-field bust-up with striker Leon Clarke which resulted in the player being exiled from the club.

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