Chalk and cheese
You gotta love 'em haven't you? Both are Charlton legends in different ways but how different can you get?
Paulo has found himself in trouble with the Italian Football Federation after he gave the above gesture, known locally as a 'Roman Salute,'
following Lazio's derby win over Roma. It is widely acknowledged that dear old Paulo is a self-confessed admirer of former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and amongst his large collection of tattoo's has the word 'dux'
, the latin term from which Mussolini styled himself Duce (leader), on his arm.
The 'celebration' was warmly welcomed by Lazio's Ultra's (more
) and by Alessandra Mussolini, the dictator's granddaughter: "How nice that Roman salute was. It delighted me so much,"
she said. "I shall write him a thank-you note."
Italian Centre-left politician Enzo Foschi was not so keen: "That salute gives legitimacy to fascism, a murderous and tyrannical ideology. I take my cap off to Di Canio the footballer, but Di Canio the fascist is a disgrace."
Meanwhile Richard Rufus plans to give all of the money raised at both his testimonial dinner in 2003 and then his retirement dinner last year to charity. A school for disabled youngsters, a cancer charity, a church group and a charity conducting research into sickle-cell anaemia will all benefit. Top man. "The more I thought about it, the more I was convinced it was the right
thing to do,"
said the Roof.
I like to keep an eye out on what ex-Addicks are upto and I spotted in the news recently a return into management for Steve Thompson
. Rambo, who was a massive player for me in our promotion to the old Division One, has taken over at the League's bottom club Cambridge United. He previously managed quite successfully Lincoln and Southend United.
He lost his first two games in charge but they got a creditable draw
on Saturday away at Bristol Rovers.