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


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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