Juventus Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon Being Probed By Italian FA For Alleged Blasphemy



Gianluigi Buffon hugging Juventus skipper Leonardo Bonucci.© AFP

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is being probed by the Italian Football Federation for allegedly the use of a blasphemous phrase all over a league game, the FIGC confirmed on Tuesday. Federal Prosecutor Giuseppe Chine opened the investigation after 42-year-old Buffon used to be overheard the use of a blasphemous expression when addressing teammate Manolo Portanova all over Juventus’s 4-0 win over Parma final weekend.

The incident used to be not reported because Buffon used to be not on camera at the time, but there used to be an audio recording.

“The investigation will serve to clarify through the potential of listening to the person concerned,” the FIGC said.

Since 2010, the Italian FA have taken disciplinary action against several players and coaches heard disrespecting God or the sacred.


Former Italy captain Buffon, the oldest player in the league and holder of the record for Serie A appearances with 653, has up to now been forced to apologise for uttering the word “Dio” (God), even though he once claimed he had said “Zio” (uncle).

Roma’s Bryan Cristante used to be provided a one-match ban for blasphemy earlier this month for swearing after he conceded an own goal in a league game earlier this month.

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