The Italian Football Federation’s appeals court confirmed on Tuesday the penalty imposed on Napoli – a 0-3 defeat and a negative point – for not playing against Juventus Turin in the 3rd round of Serie A.
A very interesting meeting in Turin was to be held on October 4. The Napoli team, however, did not travel to the Piedmontese capital, claiming that the local health authority ordered the players to stay home after two team members tested positive for COVID-19. One of them was Piotr Zieliński.
However, the court found that there was no “force majeure” that would have prevented the match from being played, and that Napoli’s decision not to travel to Turin was a “voluntary choice”.
Moreover, the court confirmed the forfeit in the match between Roma and Verona for having posted an unauthorized player by the Roman club.
After seven Serie A games, AC Milan is in the lead with 17 points. Despite penalties, Napoli and Roma are third and fourth, with 14 points ahead of defending Juventus.
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