Juventus‘ goalie, Gigi Buffon, is facing punishment for saying “Dio” or “God” after a critical play went poorly. You cannot use the Lord’s name in vain in Italy where officials have used replay tapes to determine if he said “Dio” or, as he now claims, “Zio” or “uncle.”
Under a new “blasphemy law,” referees are expected to toss out any player who uses God’s name in vain. This has led to lip-reading to see if there was a “D” or a “Z” in the utterance.
The West has been increasing prosecutions of blasphemy (here), this is a new application for the blasphemy police.
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