Juventus Awarded 3-0 Victory & Napoli Docked 1 Point After Partenopei Failed to Fulfil Fixture Duties

Oct 14, 2020, 5:08 PM GMT+1
Napoli did not travel to Turin to fulfil their fixture with Juventus | VINCENZO PINTO/Getty Images

Juventus have been awarded a 3-0 victory while Napoli have been docked a point by the Serie A disciplinary commission, after I Partenopei failed to fulfil their fixture duties on October 4.

The two Italian giants were scheduled to face off before the international break in a much-anticipated battle, but the game was thrown into doubt when two Napoli players tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Napoli players celebrate during their victory over Genoa | MB Media/Getty Images

Gennaro Gattuso's men had just beaten Genoa 6-0, but their delight soon turned to concern after their opponents received a staggering 22 positive tests post match. Unsure on how to proceed, I Partenopei followed the advice of the local health authorities and did not travel to Turin to face Juve on the Sunday evening.

However, I Bianconeri stated their intention to carry out the laws of the game to the letter, and travelled to their stadium to fulfil their legal obligations. The outcome of the game remained up in the air until Wednesday afternoon, when it was confirmed that Andrea Pirlo's side had been awarded the 3-0 victory, while Napoli were docked a point for not attending the match, as reported by Romeo Agresti.

I Partenopei argued that they had been banned from travelling by ASL (the local health authority), who had encouraged them to avoid partaking in the big match. However, Lega Serie A officials deemed their decision not to attend the game due to two positive tests as unjustifiable, given that the protocols agreed at the start of the season implored them to travel in this scenario.

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Pirlo watches on during Juventus' draw with AS Roma | Silvia Lore/Getty Images

This has left a blemish on Napoli's perfect start to the season, after Gattuso's men picked up two wins from two, scoring eight goals and keeping two clean sheets in an impressive set of performances.

Meanwhile, the assigned victory for Juventus puts them on seven points from a possible nine, after they slipped to a 2-2 draw with AS Roma in the second game of the season.