18 Dec 2012

Buffon wins ‘Cartellino Viola’ award

The Bianconeri goalkeeper and Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri awarded by Fiorentina for their sportsmanship in the wake of November’s clash at the San Siro

Juventus captain Gigi Buffon, a magnificent ambassador for both Italian football and the game in general, continues to take the plaudits after being awarded with this month’s ‘Cartellino Viola’, a prize handed out by Fiorentina in recognition of good sportsmanship.

His post-match comments in the wake of the Bianconeri’s narrow November defeat to Milan, during which the hosts were wrongly awarded a decisive penalty for an alleged Mauricio Isla handball, enabled the goalkeeper’s magnanimous approach to shine through. Instead of dwelling on the decision, Gigi sought to praise the opposition and acknowledge their strengths over the course of the 90 minutes.

Returning the favour was Milan boss Massimilano Allegri, who had no qualms in admitting that his team were fortunate to be awarded a penalty for a handball that never was.

The sporting attitudes of both player and coach prompted Fiorentina to name the pair joint winners of this month’s ‘Cartellino Viola’ award, with Allegri picking up his trophy at the Rossoneri’s Milanello training ground and Buffon receiving his recognition in Vinovo.