Juventus goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon was on Tuesday, March 30, given a one-match ban for blasphemy which would rule him out of next weekend’s Turin derby.
The Italian World Cup winner was fined 5,000 euros ($6,000) last month by the Italian Football Federation but he escaped a ban.
But, the FIGC’s Court of Appeal accepted the Federal Prosecutor’s appeal and gave a ban, this implies that Buffon will be ruled out of Saturday’s game at Torino.
Buffon was alleged to have used a “blasphemous expression” towards his teammate Manolo Portanova during Juve’s 4-0 league win over Parma on December 19.
The 43 year old, holds the record for most Serie A matches played with 654, he wasn’t caught on camera but there was an audio recording of the incident.
Since 2010, the Italian FA has taken disciplinary action against so many players and coaches who have disrespected God or the sacred.
However, the penalties have increased this season with the effect of empty stadiums allowing the microphones and cameras to capture heated exchanges between players and coaches.
AS Roma midfielder, Bryan Cristante and Lazio’s Manuel Lazzari have both been suspended for a match this season for “blasphemous” statements, reported the Guardian.