Suspensions loom for Serie A sinners
ITALIAN football took a step back into the dark ages this week when the first suspensions were handed out for blasphemy.
Chievo coach Domenico Di Carlo and Parma forward Davide Lanzafame were handed one-match bans for taking the Lord's name in vain during last Sunday's Serie A action.
Di Carlo and Lanzafame were both heard to blaspheme during their respective games and, as a result, fell foul of new directives from the Italian football federation that blasphemy falls under the area of "offensive, insulting or abusive" language that is already in the laws of the game. Di Carlo will now be absent from the dugout for tomorrow's match against Bari while Lanzafame will miss Parma's trip to Siena.