VIDEO: Paolo Di Canio booed at Steve Harper’s testimonial

See Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio booed by Newcastle United fans and tackled by Joey Barton at Steve Harper's testimonial match.

Joey Barton tackles Di Canio at Steve Harper's testimonial, also featuring Paolo Di Canio booed
Di Canio feels Barton’s wrath (Image: 101GG)

See Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio booed by Newcastle United fans at Steve Harper’s testimonial match.

St James’ Park was rocking last night as a host of stars turned out in front of a full-house for Harper’s special day.

One by one they emerged from the tunnel to enormous cheers. First Baresi, next Shearer, Ferdinand…

And then, Di Canio, who was instead greeted with a chorus of boos from fans of his Tyne and Wear rivals.

Paolo, his usual charismatic self, responded by blowing kisses to the adoring crowd.

The Toon Army later had their moment to celebrate when Burp hero Joey Barton chopped down the Italian player-turned-coach (photo above).

He did warn him:

Are the rumours true about the 5under1and manager playing? #couldgetemptiedout

— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) September 10, 2013

Fairplay to Di Canio for playing. Still a top quality player. Took the banter from the crowd in his stride. Classy guy.

— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) September 11, 2013

See Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio booed by Newcastle United fans and more highlights from Steve Harper’s testimonial match below:

Take a look at the squads, vintage-overload!

Steve Harper’s Newcastle XI: Steve Harper, Pavel Srnicek, Shay Given, John Beresford, Olivier Bernard, Nikos Dabizas, Brian Kilcline, Darren Peacock, Alessandro Pistone, Steve Watson, Joey Barton, Lee Bowyer, Nicky Butt, Lee Clark, Kieron Dyer, Ruel Fox, Keith Gillespie, David Ginola, Rob Lee, Liam O’Brien, Scott Sellars, Nolberto Solano, Steve Stone, Alan Thompson, Tino Asprilla, Peter Beardsley, Andy Cole, Les Ferdinand, Paul Kitson, Alan Shearer

Milan Glorie: Sebastiano Rossi, Massimo Taibi, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Costacurta, Roberto Favalli, Paolo Maldini, Roberto Mussi, Massimo Oddo, Giuseppe Pancaro, Pietro Vierchowod, Ibrahim Ba, Zvonimir Boban, Angelo Carbone, Federico Giunti, Christian Lantignotti, Gianluigi Lentini, Mark van Bommel, Daniele Massaro, Christian Vieri, Paolo Di Canio