First an own goal, then the verdict: it was a bad week for footballer Bryan Cristante. The Roma midfielder was not allowed to play a match through the Italian sports field because he would have insulted God.
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Professional football player Bryan Cristante has been suspended from a game for blasphemy during a game in the Italian Serie A competition. In the 5-1 away win of first division AS Roma against FC Bologna last Sunday, the AS midfielder made a blasphemous statement in the 23rd minute that was “clearly recognizable and audible”, according to the sports field of the competition. With. The court did not specify the exact wording in its judgment.
The rulings should have been made after Cristante scored in own goal. However, the own goal in the clear Roma success did not affect the result.
Cristante is not the first case
Rome coach Paulo Fonseca will therefore have to do without the 25-year-old Italian on Thursday when his team receives Torino at home. After matchday 11, the Romans are in 6th place in Serie A.
Bryan Cristante is not the first to be convicted of blasphemy in Italy. Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini said in 2018, “God is a pig” and was also banned from one game. Midfielder Rolando Mandragora also had to pause a match to say “Holy Mother of God, God’s Dog”.