Gianluigi Buffon handed one-game ban for blasphemy after veteran Juventus goalkeeper shouted ‘God is a pig’ during Parma clash last December

Written by on March 31, 2021

Juventus goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon has been handed a one-match ban for Blasphemy, the Italian Federal Court of Appeal has ruled.

The veteran Italian goalkeeper, 43, was alleged to have shouted ‘Porco Dio!’, which translates as ‘god is a pig’, towards Juventus team-mate Manolo Portanova.

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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