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Buffon fined €5,000 for blasphemous comments but avoids ban

Gianluigi Buffon risked a one-match ban for blasphemous comments made against Parma but the Juventus keeper has escaped with a €5,000 fine.

Buffon avoids ban for blasphemous comments, fined €5,000

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been fined €5,000 but avoided a suspension after using a "blasphemous expression" during his team's 0-4 win away at Parma in December.

The 43-year-old was caught on camera committing the offence when shouting instructions to team-mate Manolo Portanova. The FIGC opened disciplinary proceedings against Buffon and the veteran keeper risked a one-man ban for his comment. However, the National Federal Court only "partially accepted" the FIGC's referral at Thursday's hearing and former Italy international Buffon escaped with just a fine.

Buffon has served as back-up to Wojciech Szczesny since returning to Turin from Paris Saint-Germain in 2019 and has made nine appearances in all competitions this season.