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Juventus Goalkeeper Buffon Fined For Blasphemy

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was on Thursday fined €5 000 by the Italian Football Federation for blasphemy.

The 43-year-old Italian World Cup-winner, who escaped a ban for the offence, was overheard using a “blasphemous expression” towards teammate Manolo Portanova during Juve’s 4-0 league victory over Parma on 19 December.

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Buffon, who holds the record for Serie A matches played with 653 to date, was not caught on camera but there was an audio recording of the incident as an evidence.

Since 2010, the Italian FA have taken disciplinary action against a number of players and coaches heard disregarding God or the sacred.

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