Torpedo virus Juventus v Naples

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Torpedo virus Juventus v Naples

The Serie A match between Juventus and Napoli descended into chaos on Sunday as visitors failed to show up after their team were placed in isolation following positive coronavirus tests.

With two positive results this week, Napoli claims to have been ordered not to travel by its local health authority.

However, Serie A refused to call the game off.

The Juventus side arrived at the stadium an hour before kick-off at 19 p.m. BST, but had no opponents to face.

Under Serie A rules, Juventus would claim a 3-0 victory for Sunday's game.

The league said the Naples Health Authority (ASL) had failed to take into account the health protocol agreed between the country's Health and Sports Ministry and football authorities.

This indicates that, if the players test positive, the rest of the team can still train and play again as long as they are tested again and return negative results. The statement added that several matches had been played this season after the teams had one or more players tested positive.

“The protocol establishes certain rules that cannot be waived, which allow the league matches to be played even with a positive result, by deploying players who have tested negative,” he said.

Juventus President Andrea Agnelli said: “The sporting rules are… clear and say that if a team does not show up they face disciplinary sanctions. The sports judge will speak tomorrow, and based on his decision there will be further thoughts.

“It is obvious that the fact that a team does not reach a stadium to play a scheduled match does not give a good image of Italian football. "

Last Sunday, Naples hosted Genoa, where 17 players tested positive for Covid-19 last week. Genoa's home game against Turin on Saturday has been postponed.

Serie A have decided that matches should be played on the condition that each team has a minimum of 13 players available and that teams that cannot play will be forfeited.

However, teams have the right to request a postponement without forfeit if 10 players are infected during the week.

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Juventus' own squad are currently in a 'bubble' after two non-player staff recently tested positive for Covid-19 with Aaron Ramsey not cleared to leave to join the Wales squad for the friendly match in England .

On Saturday, with reports that Napoli would not travel, Juventus tweeted that their side would be heading to the pitch the next day "as scheduled by the Serie A league schedule".

They followed up this Sunday with more tweets, one stating “Matchday! And another showing their team roster for the match.

This article appeared first on: https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/54408861

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