Sere A Giants, Juventus Deducted Three Points

Sere A Giants, Juventus Deducted Three Points

By Our Correspondent

Serie champions, Juventus have had three points deducted from them after their rival, Napoli won their appeal in their appeal in an October abandoned fixture in the 2020/2021 league.

The fixture had been abandoned rather than called off on October 4 when Napoli did not travel to Turin for the fixture.

Napoli were punished with an automatic 3-0 defeat and also docked one point for not attending the planned match.

The Partenopei had argued they were ordered not to travel by the local health authority (ASL) due to two positive COVID-19 cases in the group, for Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas.

The match was scheduled just days after Napoli had played Genoa, who then developed over a dozen COVID cases.

However, the Lega Serie A and FIGC both ruled that Napoli had not stuck rigidly to the agreed COVID-19 protocols, essentially not doing enough to ensure they could at least try to participate in the match.

Napoli have seen two previous appeals already rejected, but took their case to the CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) Sports Guarantee Board.

As a result of the ruling, Napoli will move up one place in Serie A due to the restored point, as they will overtake fourth-place Roma on goal difference.

They are now also only three points behind Juventus, who sit third in Serie A, as well as seven points behind league-leaders AC Milan.

Napoli, who will take on Granada to begin the Europa League knockout rounds in February, are set to face Torino on Wednesday in their last game of 2020.

Juventus, meanwhile, will play host to Fiorentina in their final game before the week-and-a-half-long winter break in Serie A.

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