Italy and Udinese star Rolando Mandragora suspended for 'blasphemous remarks'
ITALY and Udinese midfielder Rolando Mandragora has copped a one-game ban for using “blasphemous remarks”.
The BBC claim such a suspension could be the first of its kind in football.
Former Juventus star Mandragora, 21, was picked up on TV cameras using the banned language.
He shouted, “Porca Madonna, Vaffanculo, Dio Cane”, an insult to the Virgin Mary, while also referring to God as a dog.
His outburst came after Sampdoria keeper Emil Eudero saved his shot in Udinese’s 1-0 win over their Serie A rivals last Sunday.
Mandragora’s comments were at first not picked up by officials.
But the Lega Serie A – the league’s governing body – later reviewed the incident and then dished out the suspension.
A disciplinary report read: “After acquiring and examining the relevant television images, the player, while cursing without referring to anybody around him, was nevertheless clearly seen by the television images to make blasphemous remarks, visibly identifiable from reading his lips without any margin for reasonable doubt.”
Udinese coach Daniele Prade backed his star, saying: “Mandragora is a good person, the most he deserved was a warning.”
In Italy there is a strictly-enforced ban on taking God’s name in vain.
Since 2010 the country’s FA has disciplined players and coaches heard doing so.
Legendary Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon once apologised for saying, “Dio”, which means God.
Althought he claimed he said, “Zio”, which means uncle.