Napoli lose a point for missing Juve game

An empty Allianz Stadium in Turin when Napoli failed to travel for the Juventus match.
An empty Allianz Stadium in Turin when Napoli failed to travel for the Juventus match.

Napoli are planning to appeal after being docked one point and having been handed a 3-0 loss by the Italian league for not showing up for their Serie A match at Juventus because of coronavirus cases.

"Napoli has always respected the rules and the law," the club said in a brief statement. "It awaits with faith the success of the appeal, firmly believing in justice."

Napoli did not travel to Turin for the October 4 game and local health authorities ordered the squad into quarantine after two players tested positive for the coronavirus.

However, the league's Disciplinary Commission ruled that Napoli did not have a valid reason for missing the fixture and should have followed the existing COVID-19 protocol, which was accepted by all clubs before the season began.

It said that the first orders by local health authorities on October 3 did not stop Napoli from travelling to Turin, and that the team should already have been in the northern city when new orders were issued the following afternoon.

The Italian league's protocol for coronavirus cases is the same as UEFA rules. If a team has 13 available players, including at least one goalkeeper, the game can go ahead.

Australian Associated Press