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Veteran Juventus Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon Handed One-Game Ban for Blasphemy

Gianluigi Buffon has been handed a one-game ban for a blasphemous expression
Gianluigi Buffon has been handed a one-game ban for a blasphemous expression / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been bizarrely handed a one-match ban for blasphemy. Pitchside microphones picked up on Buffon shouting a phrase deemed unacceptable during a Serie A game against Parma in December 2019.

He was alleged to have shouted "Porco Dio!", which translates as "God is a pig", towards Juventus team-mate Manolo Portanova. Buffon was initially fined €5,000 euros, but he will also miss Saturday's Turin derby against Torino.

“The Federal Court of Appeal upheld the appeal of the Federal Prosecutor, inflicting one match of disqualification on Gianluigi Buffon,” a statement from the FIGC read.

“The Juventus goalkeeper, sanctioned by the National Federal Court with a fine of €5,000, had been referred for having uttered a sentence containing a blasphemous expression during the match against Parma last December 19."

The 'Blasphemy Law' was introduced back in 2010, and a number of Serie A players have been caught out since for uttering phrases Italian consider "blasphemous", in what is a deeply religious, mostly Catholic country.

Buffon has mainly played second fiddle to Wojciech Szczesny this season, making just five appearances for the reigning champions, who look set to lose their crown to Antonio Conte's Inter, who are 10 points ahead, with 11 games left to play.