Gianluigi Buffon handed game ban for BLASPHEMY after veteran Juventus’ goalkeeper shouted ‘God is a pig’ during Parma clash last December
- Gianluigi Buffon has been banned from playing for a blasphemous expression
- Italy introduced a ‘blasphemy law’ in 2010 whereby several football players were caught
- Veteran Buffon reportedly shouted ‘Porco Dio!’ to one of his teammates last year
- The blasphemous Italian phrase roughly translates as ‘God is a pig’
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been banned from one game for making a ‘blasphemous expression’ and will miss Saturday’s Turin derby in Turin, the Italian federal appeals court has ruled.
Buffon was initially fined € 5,000 for an incident that took place during a Serie A clash against Parma on December 19 last year.
He would say “Porco Dio!” Have shouted, which translates as ‘God is a pig’, after Juventus teammate Manolo Portanova.
Gianluigi Buffon has to miss the Turin derby after being banned for blasphemy
The alleged goalkeeper remark was not initially proven by the Italian authorities due to a lack of clear audio, but after an appeal on the fine by the federal prosecutor, the verdict was upgraded to a ban.
Now that Buffon’s penalty has been upgraded to a one-match suspension, he has been banned from the Turin derby.
In 2010 the ‘Blashphemy Law’ was introduced and a number of players in Serie A have been caught before.
Many Italians consider blasphemy the worst form of cursing in what is still a deeply religious, mostly Catholic, country.
Andrea Pirlo will complain about a ban leading up to a crucial game in Juventus’ national season
His ban isn’t the first of its kind in Italian football, however.
In December 2020, Roma midfielder Bryan Cristante was banned from one match for using a blasphemous phrase during a 5-1 win over Bologna that was picked up by the television camera.
In 2019, Sassuolo’s Francesco Magnanelli and Parma’s Matteo Scozzarella, now in Monza, were also punished for a similar offense.
And in 2018, Juventus player Rolando Mandragora was also punished under the blasphemy laws.
Buffon, 43, has played just five Serie A games this season with Wojciech Szczesny, the reigning champion’s first goalkeeper.
Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus side are third in the standings, 10 points behind leader Inter Milan with 11 games to play, and it seems unlikely that it will be 10 titles in a row.
Buffon (pictured against Crotone) is not first choice, but played against Parma last December