SSC Napoli Reveal Negative Results in Final Round of Coronavirus Testing

Max Cooper
Oct 10, 2020, 3:45 PM GMT+1
Piotr Zielinski is one of the Napoli players to have tested positive in recent days
Piotr Zielinski is one of the Napoli players to have tested positive in recent days | DeFodi Images/Getty Images
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SSC Napoli have confirmed that the final batch of coronavirus tests have produced negative results, meaning only two first-team players have contracted the illness since their victory over Genoa.

I Partenopei beat I Rossoblu 6-0 on 27th September, but were shocked to discover that 22 of their opponents' players and staff had subsequently tested positive for the virus. The Napoli squad was then placed into quarantine, with two stars, Piotr Zielinski and Elif Elmas returning positive results.

Napoli players celebrate during their victory over Genoa
Napoli players celebrate during their victory over Genoa | Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images

The entire team was then tested with each result coming back negative, although they were left waiting for a couple of players to receive the green light. The club announced on Saturday afternoon that the final tests have come back negative, hopefully bringing an end to this worrying saga in Naples.

This debacle has left a dark cloud hanging over Napoli and Serie A, after their game with Juventus was postponed on October 4, with Gennaro Gattuso's side unable to leave the region of Campania due to local restrictions. President Aurelio Di Laurentiis asked for the game to be moved to another date, but his plea was originally denied, and Andrea Pirlo's men confirmed their intention to take to the field.

I Bianconeri arrived at the stadium and carried out their usual pre-match rituals, in fear of being docked points for not following the strict protocol. Investigations are ongoing into the situation, and both sides are awaiting the verdict of the FIGC over the pair's actions.

Napoli and Juventus presidents De Laurentiis and Agnelli
Napoli and Juventus presidents De Laurentiis and Agnelli | FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/Getty Images

The outcome of that match is in the balance, with the possibility of Napoli being handed a 3-0 defeat as a punishment for not attending the fixture, or even potentially being docked a point, should the game be re-scheduled to another date.

Gattuso's men are pencilled in to take on high-flying Atalanta on November 17, come the end of the international break.

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