Juventus veteran goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon has been handed a one-match ban for blasphemy, by the Italian Federal court of Appeal.
The retired national team goalie was alleged to have shouted ‘Porco Dio’, which translates as ‘god is a pig’, towards his team-mate Manolo Portanova.
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He was initially given a €5,000 euros (£4,260) fine over an incident that took place during a Serie A clash against Parma on December 19 last year but escaped a ban.
The goalkeeper’s alleged comment was not initially proven by the Italian authorities due to a lack of clear audio but the FIGC’s Court of Appeal upheld the Federal Prosecutor’s appeal and imposed a ban.
The punishment means Buffon is ruled out of the Turin derby with Torino on Saturday, April 3.
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Back in 2010, the ‘Blasphemy Law’ was introduced and a number of players in Serie A have previously been caught out.
In December 2020, Roma midfielder Bryan Cristante received a one-match ban for using a blasphemous phrase during a 5-1 win over Bologna that was picked up by a television camera.
In 2019, Sassuolo player Francesco Magnanelli and Parma’s Matteo Scozzarella, now at Monza, were also punished for a similar offence.
And in 2018, Juventus player Rolando Mandragora was also penalised under the blasphemy laws.
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