Italian international soccer player, Rolando Mandragora, has been banned for one Serie A game after making “blasphemous remarks”.
Rolando, who is 21 years old, is reported to have made the remarks during his team Udinese’s 1-0 win against Sampdoria over the weekend.
The midfielder was recorded and caught on television shouting insults to the Virgin Mary and also referred to God as a dog.
Rolando’s blasphemous act had initially gone unnoticed during the match but a review by the Lega Serie A officials detected his actions.
Italy’s FA said Rolando was “clearly seen making the blasphemous remarks that were visibly identifiable from reading his lips leaving no margin for reasonable doubt.
Rolando has been reported to have been cursing without addressing any of those present for the match.
Blasphemy is one of the worst forms of swearing in Italy and will cost the Italian International a chance to play the serie A game against Fiorentina on Sunday.
The former Juventus midfielder has however been termed as a good person by his Udinese coach, Daniele Prade who said the most the player deserved was a warning
Rolando is famed for having won the Serie A and the Italian Cup while playing for Juventus in 2017.
The Italian midfielder, who from Naples with one cap from Italy since earning his first call-up from coach Roberto Mancini, spent last season at Crotone on loan before signing up for Udinese last month.