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Serie A: AS Roma’s Bryan Cristante slapped with one-match suspension for blasphemy

‘(Cristante) pronounced a blasphemous expression within the twenty third minute of the primary half,’ the Lega Serie A mentioned in an announcement with out specifying the character of the offending comment.

Serie A: AS Roma's Bryan Cristante slapped with one-match suspension for blasphemy

AS Roma midfielder Bryan Christante controls the ball throughout a Serie A match in opposition to Sassuolo. AFP

Milan: AS Roma’s Bryan Cristante has fallen sufferer to Italy’s strict ban on taking God’s title in useless on the pitch, choosing up a one-match ban for blasphemy, the Lega Serie A introduced on Monday.

The 25-year-old Italy worldwide midfielder was sanctioned for swearing after he conceded an personal purpose throughout Sunday’s 5-1 Serie A win over Bologna.

“(Cristante) pronounced a blasphemous expression within the twenty third minute of the primary half,” the Lega Serie A mentioned in an announcement with out specifying the character of the offending comment.

“The participant in query was clearly framed by the tv footage whereas uttering a blasphemous expression that’s identifiable and audible with out margin of affordable doubt.”

Because of this Cristante will miss Thursday’s league recreation in opposition to Torino in Rome.

Since 2010, the Italian FA have taken disciplinary motion in opposition to a number of gamers and coaches heard disrespecting God or the sacred.

Former Italy and former Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon has up to now been compelled to apologise for uttering the phrase “Dio” (God), though he as soon as claimed he had mentioned “Zio” (uncle).

Udinese’s Italian worldwide Rolando Mandragora additionally beforehand picked up a one-match ban, whereas AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma escaped punishment due to “lack of absolute certainty” over what he had mentioned.

Italy rugby captain Sergio Parisse was additionally compelled to apologise after being filmed uttering a blasphemous phrase earlier than a Six Nations recreation in opposition to France.

Based on the Italian FA’s guidelines, gamers who additionally present T-shirts with private messages to their household, or which make a reference to their non secular beliefs can even be punished.

Many European international locations have blasphemy legal guidelines on the statute e-book however they’re infrequently invoked.

 

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