Testimonials are usually friendly affairs, but not so when you’ve got an allegedly fascist Sunderland manager up against an amateur left-wing philosopher with a penchant for violence representing Newcastle.
Sounds like an unlikely set-up but that’s exactly what happened when Newcastle and AC Milan met for Steve Harper’s testimonial last night.
Di Canio was happy to play the part of pantomime villain, as the video below shows.
Having assembled many of Keegan’s ‘Entertainers’ to play in the match, the game inevitably ended goalless.
Milan won the match 2-1 on penalties, with Harper missing his spot-kick.
So, Barton’s foul on Di Canio was probably the highlight of the night for most Magpies.