Serie A: Napoli in appeal over abandoned Juventus fixture in October

Napoli in appeal over abandoned Juventus fixture in October
  • Napoli didn’t travel to Turin after being advised not to due to positive Covid tests
  • Piotr Zielinksi and Eljif Elmas tested positive prior to game at Allianz Stadium
  • Juventus are now fourth on 24 points, seven behind Serie A leaders AC Milan
  • Napoli now third after they regained the point they were originally docked
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19

Napoli have won their appeal against the decision to hand them a 3-0 defeat and deduct one point for failing to play their Serie A match at Juventus in October amid confusion over Italian soccer’s COVID-19 rules.

The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) confirmed on its official website that its Guarantee Board, the highest tribunal in Italian sport, had accepted Napoli’s appeal and ordered that the match be played.

Tuesday’s decision left Napoli and Juve level on 24 points from 12 games, the same total as AS Roma who, like leaders AC Milan (31) and Inter Milan (30), have played 13.

Previously, Juventus, who are chasing a 10th successive title, had been third with 27 points.

There was no immediate comment from Napoli or Juve on the decision.

Napoli did not travel to Turin for the Juve game on October 4, saying their local health authority (ASL) had told the players to stay at home after Piotr Zielinksi and Eljif Elmas tested positive for COVID-19.

The original fixture was scheduled just days after Gennaro Gatusso’s side played Genoa; who then developed over a dozen COVID cases.

Serie A turned down Napoli’s request to call the game off, resulting in bizarre scenes at the Allianz Stadium. With the game still officially on, the stadium was opened and the floodlights switched on.

Serie A’s disciplinary tribunal, in handing Napoli a 3-0 defeat and deducting a point, rejected the club’s claim of force majeure and said there was a clear health protocol for professional football.