It was one of the most notorious sexual assaults in Italian football history, but Juventus defender Gianluigi Buffon was not the only one to play up to his potential, a new investigation has found.
La Gazzettas Sport newspaper has revealed that Juventus striker Buffon, who is the son of the former president Silvio Berlusconi, is accused of “paedophile” behaviour in the wake of the “horrific” incident, which happened in 2012, when he was a player for the Italian champions.
“I was sitting in the dressing room and the coach told me to take off my shirt,” Buffon told the paper.
“He had asked me to strip naked, but I said no.”
The former player claimed he “felt disgusted” by the behaviour of the coach, who then asked him if he wanted to take a shower.
“He was wearing a black t-shirt and shorts,” Buffo told the newspaper.
“Then the coach grabbed me and put his hand on my thigh.
I felt disgusted.
I said: ‘I’m not a girl, I’m not dressed like a boy, I don’t have any clothes on.'”‘
No one was laughing’The former defender was “screaming at him” before he “cried” and ran off.
Buffon has since denied any wrongdoing, but the report has reignited concerns that the Italian football authorities could have done more to investigate the incident.
“The fact that no one was involved in the case is a huge scandal,” Juventus midfielder Andrea Barzagli told La Gazetta della Sport.
“It’s just one of those situations where you know something has happened, but no one is paying attention.”
According to the newspaper, Buffon also claimed he was approached by police, who did not believe him.
“My father told me: ‘There was no reason for him to run away’,” Buffon added.
“When I went to the police, they said: [it] was not a big deal, he was joking, and there was no big deal.”
The report by the Football Association (FA) will be examined by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) next month.