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Serie A: Juventus vs Napoli postponed

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Serie A: Juventus vs Napoli postponed

The Serie A recreation between Juvenuts and Napoli, beforehand scheduled to be performed on Sunday, October 4th, has been postponed to be performed at a later date.

The Napoli staff was alleged to journey from Naples to Turin on Saturday, however had been informed by the native well being authorities not to take action after two of their gamers examined optimistic to Covid-19. The state of affairs turned somewhat chaotic after that.

Napoli had requested for the match to be postponed, however their request had been initially rejected. From that time on, they had been in peril of being declared to have forfeited the match, during which case Juventus would have been declared winners by the official scoreline of 3-0.

The league defined their choice by stating that the Naples Well being Authorities (ASL) had didn’t consider the protocol agreed between the Italy’s well being and sports activities ministry on one facet and the soccer authorities on the opposite.

The protocol states {that a} staff should play their matches regardless of gamers being examined optimistic, offering the remainder of the squad are examined instantly afterwards and return damaging outcomes. It additionally says {that a} staff can play its matches if they’ve no less than 13 gamers out there, of which one is a goalkeeper. Groups have, nevertheless, the proper to ask for postponement with out forfeiting if greater than 10 gamers are examined optimistic.

Juventus carried on as ordinary, with their posts on social media suggesting the sport could be performed, and so they even launched their beginning line-up to tackle the guests which they knew weren’t coming. Their gamers arrived to the Allianz Stadium and went by way of the warmup course of, able to play. Many imagine the Serie A champions acted in that means in an effort to power the three factors to be awarded to them and not using a ball being kicked.

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli actually seemed to be angling for that end result. 

“The sporting guidelines are… clear and say that if a staff doesn’t present up, they face disciplinary sanctions. The Sporting Decide will converse tomorrow, and primarily based on his choice, there will likely be additional reflections,” he mentioned.

“It’s evident that the truth that a staff doesn’t attain a stadium to play a deliberate match doesn’t give an ideal picture of Italian soccer.”

Mr. Agnelli most likely ought to have thought-about the picture this apparent lack of empathy in direction of an opponent, for a state of affairs fully past their management, provides to the membership he runs and represents.

Nonetheless, the Juventus squad at the moment are in a ‘bubble’ themselves, after two members of the non-playing workers had been examined optimistic, and as reported by the BBC on Monday morning, a call has been reached that the match is postponed to be performed at a later date.

This example has clearly proven that the strains of communication between well being and sports activities authorities, each nationwide and worldwide, should be open and completely clear always and on each stage if soccer, in addition to different sports activities, is to proceed being performed by way of the raging pandemic. It was a check for the system in place, and it might’t be mentioned to have handed with flying colours.


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