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Napoli handed 3-0 loss, docked one point for Juve no-show

- Sports · Soccer · Serie A (Italy) · S.S.C. Napoli · Naples · Juventus F.C. · Serie A · Turin · Italy · Italy National Football Team · UEFA · Genoa Cricket and Football Club · Genoa · Gennaro Gattuso · Campania · Elmas

Napoli have been given a 3-0 de­feat and de­ducted one point for fail­ing to turn up for their Serie A clash at Ju­ven­tus ear­lier this month, the league an­nounced on Wed­nes­day.

The Serie A dis­ci­plinary com­mis­sion ruled that there was no "force majeure" pre­vent­ing Napoli from trav­el­ling de­spite two pos­i­tive coro­n­avirus tests.

Gen­naro Gat­tuso's side re­mained in iso­la­tion on the in­struc­tions of health au­thor­i­ties in the Cam­pa­nia re­gion af­ter Eljif El­mas and Piotr Zielin­ski tested pos­i­tive, and they did not travel to Turin on Oc­to­ber 4.

Serie A ruled "the com­plaint lodged by Napoli re­gard­ing the le­gal­ity of the match is to be con­sid­ered in­ad­mis­si­ble".

Italy's top flight is ap­ply­ing UEFA rules that say a match can take place as long as a side have 13 healthy play­ers, in­clud­ing a goal­keeper.

The only pos­si­ble ex­emp­tion would be a club which has an ac­tive out­break of Covid-19 with more than 10 new pos­i­tive cases in a week.

In that case the club can re­quest a post­pone­ment, but only once in the sea­son, which was the case of Genoa's game against Torino the same week­end.

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