Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been banned for one match for making a blasphemous expression and will play no part in Saturday’s Turin derby against Torino. The ruling was given by the Italian Federal Court of Appeal on Tuesday.
The veteran goalie was initially fined €5,000(£4,260) for an incident that occurred 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 his team-mate Manolo Portanova.
Although the supposed comment was not proven initially by the Italian authorities due to lack of clear audio, the verdict was upgraded to a ban after an appeal by the federal prosecutor.
Therefore, Buffon will be on a one-match suspension which effectively rules him out of the Turin derby. The Blasphemy Law was introduced in 2010 and has caught several Serie A players since its introduction.
In Italy, blasphemy is considered the worst kind of swearing as the country is deeply religious. His ban is not the first though as Roma midfielder Bryan Cristante was banned for one game for using a blasphemous phrase in the 5:1 defeat of Bologna in December 2020 as the incident was captured on television cameras.
In 2019. Sassuolo’s Francesco Magnanelli and Parma’s Matteo Scozzarella who is presently at Monza were also punishd for a similar offense. In 2018, Juve’s Rolando Mandragora was hit with a penalty under the Blasphemy laws.
This won’t be a major concern for the Old Ladies though as the veteran has played just 5 Serie A games this season. Wojciech Szczesny is the first choice shot-stopper for the Andrea Pirlo-led side who currently sit third in the Serie A, 10 points behind leaders Inter Milan with 11 games left to play.
It appears that their quest to make it 10 consecutive Serie A title triumphs won’t be actualized this season.