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Serie A Stars, Francesco Magnanelli & Matteo Scozzarella, Suspended For Blasphemy
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Serie A Stars, Francesco Magnanelli & Matteo Scozzarella, Suspended For Blasphemy

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Italian footballers, Francesco Magnanelli and Matteo Scozzarella, have been given one-match bans for blasphemy during Serie A matches.

Sassuolo's Magnanelli and Parma's Scozzarella were handed the suspension on Tuesday after league officials examined television pictures of the incidents that took place last weekend.

Magnanelli played in his Sassuolo's 1-0 away victory over Hellas Verona on Friday while Scozzarella helped Parma secure a 2-2 draw at the San Siro against Inter Milan.

Serie A Stars, Francesco Magnanelli & Matteo Scozzarella, Suspended For Blasphemy
Scozzarella of Parma and Sassuolo's Magnanelli 

In Italy, there is a strict ban on blasphemy (taking God's name in vain), with several footballers disciplined since 2010 by the nation's football association.

Last season, Udinese midfielder, Rolando Mandragora, was banned for the same offence while in 2010, Juventus goalkeeper, Buffon, was forced to apologise for uttering the word "Dio" (God) during a game, although he claimed he had said, "Zio" (uncle).