Gianluigi Buffon, the goalkeeper for Juventus, was given a one-match suspension for blasphemy on Tuesday, keeping him out of the Turin derby next month. The 43-year-old Italian World Cup winner was fined 5,000 euros ($6,000) by the Italian Football Federation last month but spared a suspension.
The FIGC’s Court of Appeal, however, upheld the Federal Prosecutor’s appeal and suspended, ensuring Buffon would miss Saturday’s game at Torino.
During Juve’s 4-0 league victory over Parma on December 19, Buffon was overheard using a “blasphemous word” towards teammate Manolo Portanova.
Buffon, who has played the most Serie A matches (654), was not captured on tape, although there was an audio recording of the incident.
Since 2010, the Italian Football Association has taken punitive action against many players and coaches who have been caught disrespecting God or the holy.
However, with vacant stadiums allowing microphones and cameras to catch fiery conversations between players and coaches, fines have risen this season.
Bryan Cristante of AS Roma and Manuel Lazzari of Lazio were both suspended for a game this season for making “blasphemous” remarks.