In a move that makes you question what century we’re living in, the Italian FA has upheld a one-match ban for Udinese’s Rolando Mandragora after the player was caught on camera blaspheming.
The 21-year-old reportedly shouted “Porca Madonna, Vaffanculo, Dio Cane”, an insult to the Virgin Mary, herself an insult to credulity. He also referred to God as a ‘dog’ after watching a shot saved.
Although the officials either failed to notice his language at the time or opted to ignore it because they deemed it not important, Serie A reviewed the incidents after the fact.
Udinese appealed his one-match ban but the ruling was upheld and he will now miss Sunday’s game against Fiorentina.
The Italian FA have taken action against players and coaches since 2010 for ‘disrespecting God or the sacred’.
Mandrgora signed for Udinese in July, moving from Juventus for £18m.