Serie A has doled out its second blasphemy-related suspension of the season after Empoli manager Giuseppe Iachini fell foul of the league’s strict profanity rules at the weekend.
As confirmed by Football Italia, Iachini was pinched after the fourth official overheard a “blasphemous comment” uttered by the 54-year-old coach after the final whistle of Empoli’s 2-1 win over Udinese on Sunday.
Taking the Lord’s name in vain in public is a fairly serious deal in Italy, with several players punished under the Italian Football Federation’s anti-sacrilege rule, introduced in 2010.
The most recent was Udinese midfielder Rolando Mandragora, who picked up a similar ban in August after being caught on camera exclaiming “Porca Madonna, vaffanculo, Dio cane” (“The Virgin Mary is a swine, f**k off, God is a dog”) during a game against Sampdoria.
Jesus f**king Christ. All seems a bit pious to us.