The Italian Football Federation is investigating Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon for allegedly using a blasphemous word during a league match, the FIGC reported on Tuesday. After 42-year-old Buffon was overheard using a blasphemous phrase while addressing teammate Manolo Portanova during Juventus’s 4-0 victory over Parma last weekend, Federal Prosecutor Giuseppe Chine opened the investigation.
The incident was not recorded because at the time Buffon was not on camera, but there was a recording of the audio.
“The investigation will serve to clarify through the possibility of listening to the person concerned,” said the FIGC.
The Italian FA has taken disciplinary action against many teams since 2010, and coaches have learned God or the sacred disrespect.
Former Italy captain Buffon, the oldest player in the league and holder of the record for Serie A appearances with 653, has in the past been forced to apologize for uttering the word “Dio” (God), although he once claimed he had said “Zio” (uncle).
A one-match blasphemy ban was issued to Roma’s Bryan Cristante earlier this month for swearing after he conceded his own goal in a league match earlier month.