Napoli Lost 0-3 And They Took Points Away From Juve’s
Victor Osimhen and his Napoli teammates have suffered the consequence of refusing to go to Turin to play Juventus in their third week Serie A match on October 4 due to a Covid-19 scare.
On Wednesday, the Serie A Disciplinary Commission ruled that there was no “force majeure” preventing Napoli from traveling despite two positive coronavirus tests and gave the match 3-0 to Juventus. Napoli also suffered a one point deduction for not showing up for their Serie A clash in Turin.
Gennaro Gattuso’s faction remained isolated on instructions from the Campania region health authorities after Eljif Elmas and Piotr Zielinski tested positive, and did not travel to Turin on October 4.
Serie A ruled that “the complaint filed by Napoli on the legality of the match must be considered inadmissible.”
Italy’s top flight is enforcing UEFA rules that a match can be played as long as a team has 13 healthy players, including a goalkeeper.
The only possible exemption would be a club that has an active Covid-19 outbreak 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, as was the case in Genoa’s game against Torino on the same weekend.
As a result of the decision, champions Juventus have moved up fourth in Serie A, with Napoli eighth with five points.
Osimhen and his teammates, who only returned home on Tuesday after mandatory 14-day self-isolation at the club’s Castel Volturno training ground, will be under pressure to win their home game against Atalanta, quarter-finals of the Champions League from last season, on Saturday.
Atalanta has won three of the three games it has played at the start of this current Serie A season so far and will look to build on that with the trip to Naples.
Napoli have similarly won their first two games this season as they are aiming for a first Serie A title in 30 years.