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Napoli set to be handed 3-0 loss

By The Assam Tribune

TURIN, Oct 5: Napoli is likely to be handed a 3-0 defeat by the Italian league�s judge for failing to show for its Serie A match against Juventus.

Napoli did not travel to Turin for the game after local health authorities ordered the squad into quarantine after two players tested positive for the coronavirus � midfielders Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas.

Juventus followed its regular matchday routine on Sunday and arrived at the stadium for the scheduled 8:45 p.m. (1845 GMT) kickoff.

In somewhat farcical scenes, several players walked out onto the field while a limited number of fans watched from the stands.

It will not be known whether Juventus will be awarded a 3-0 win by default � or if the match has simply been postponed � until next week�s disciplinary commission, where Napoli will make its case.

�The sporting rules are clear and say that if a team does not show up, they face disciplinary sanctions,� Juventus president Andrea Agnelli said.

�The Sporting Judge will speak tomorrow, and based on his decision, there will be further reflections.

�It is evident that the fact that a team does not reach a stadium to play a planned match does not give a great image of Italian soccer, but we are provincial and we care little about what happens outside our borders, without considering the damage we do to soccer internationally.�

Vincenzo Spadafora, Italy�s sports minister, said he would also speak about the issue with the heads of the Italian soccer federation and the league, in two meetings already scheduled for Monday. � AP

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Napoli set to be handed 3-0 loss

TURIN, Oct 5: Napoli is likely to be handed a 3-0 defeat by the Italian league�s judge for failing to show for its Serie A match against Juventus.

Napoli did not travel to Turin for the game after local health authorities ordered the squad into quarantine after two players tested positive for the coronavirus � midfielders Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas.

Juventus followed its regular matchday routine on Sunday and arrived at the stadium for the scheduled 8:45 p.m. (1845 GMT) kickoff.

In somewhat farcical scenes, several players walked out onto the field while a limited number of fans watched from the stands.

It will not be known whether Juventus will be awarded a 3-0 win by default � or if the match has simply been postponed � until next week�s disciplinary commission, where Napoli will make its case.

�The sporting rules are clear and say that if a team does not show up, they face disciplinary sanctions,� Juventus president Andrea Agnelli said.

�The Sporting Judge will speak tomorrow, and based on his decision, there will be further reflections.

�It is evident that the fact that a team does not reach a stadium to play a planned match does not give a great image of Italian soccer, but we are provincial and we care little about what happens outside our borders, without considering the damage we do to soccer internationally.�

Vincenzo Spadafora, Italy�s sports minister, said he would also speak about the issue with the heads of the Italian soccer federation and the league, in two meetings already scheduled for Monday. � AP

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