Gianluigi Buffon handed one-game ban for BLASPHEMY after veteran Juventus goalkeeper shouted ‘God is a pig’ during Parma clash last December
- Gianluigi Buffon has been handed a one-game ban for a blasphemous expression
- Italy introduced a ‘Blasphemy Law’ in 2010 with several footballers caught out
- Veteran Buffon allegedly shouted ‘Porco Dio!’ to one of his team-mates last year
- The blasphemous Italian expression translates roughly as ‘God is a pig’
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been handed a one-match ban for making a ‘blasphemous expression’ and will miss Saturday’s Turin derby at Torino, the Italian Federal Court of Appeal ruled on Tuesday.
Buffon was initially given a €5,000 euros (£4,260) fine over an incident which took place during a Serie A clash against Parma on December 19 last year.
He was alleged to have shouted ‘Porco Dio!’, which translates as ‘God is a pig’, towards Juventus team-mate Manolo Portanova.
Gianluigi Buffon is to miss the Turin derby after being given a one match ban for blasphemy
The goalkeeper’s supposed comment was not initially proven by the Italian authorities due to a lack of clear audio but an appeal on the fine by the federal prosecutor has seen the verdict upgraded to a ban.
With Buffon’s punishment upgraded to a one-match suspension he is ruled out of the Turin derby.
Back in 2010, the ‘Blashphemy Law’ was introduced and a number of players in Serie A have previously been caught out.
Many Italians consider blasphemy to be the worst kind of swearing in what remains a deeply religious country.
Andrea Pirlo will bemoan a ban in the build up to a crucial game in Juventus’ domestic season
His ban is not the first of its kind in Italian football, however.
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 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.
Buffon, 43, has played only five Serie A games this season with Wojciech Szczesny the first choice for the reigning champions.
Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus side are third in the standings, 10 points behind leaders Inter Milan with 11 games left to play, and look unlikely to make it 10 titles in a row.
Buffon (pictured against Crotone) is not first choice but played against Parma last December