The Serie A game between Juventus and Napoli was canceled on Sunday evening. Napoli was not allowed to travel to Turin due to two corona infections and now has to fear a regulatory 3-0 defeat.
Juventus ‘just’ arrived for the game
Napoli is caught between the instructions of the health authorities of the Campania region, of which Naples is the capital, and the rules of the Serie A.
Sixteen Napoli players and four staffers are in home isolation by order of local authorities after Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski and a staff member tested positive for the corona virus earlier this week. According to Napoli, the club was therefore not allowed to travel to Turin.
The Serie A stated five hours before the planned kick-off of Juventus-Napoli (8.45 pm) in a statement, however, that the local authorities had not taken into account an agreement between the Italian Football Association and the Italian Ministry of Sport.
According to that agreement, footballers can play a match if there are positive tests at a club, as long as they have been tested again and those results are negative. “There can be no deviation from this protocol,” warned the Series A.
Gianluigi Buffon and his Juventus teammates were just in the stadium for the game with Napoli. (Photo: Pro Shots)
The penalty for not showing up for Napoli is a 3-0 defeat, although there is a very good chance that coach Gennaro Gattuso’s club will appeal if that penalty is imposed.
Juventus did arrive at the almost empty Allianz Stadium around 7.30 p.m. Coach Andrea Pirlo also brought out a line-up, but only a handful of players ended up briefly on the field.
Napoli is on six points from two games, while reigning champion Juventus has four points after two games.
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