Napoli have successfully appealed the decision to award them a 3-0 defeat and one-point deduction after they failed to fulfil a fixture against Juventus, with the game now set to be replayed.
The incident took place on October 4 when I Partenopei failed to travel to Turin after several players tested positive for coronavirus after a 6-0 win over Genoa. Napoli have consistently argued that they were following the advice issued by the local health authority, who banned them from leaving Naples to play the game.
However, this did not stop the club being handed punitive measures by the Lega Serie A. The governing body argued that Napoli had not done enough to attempt to play the match and had gone against agreements made at the beginning of the season regarding travel following positive tests.
Gli Azzurri had already unsuccessfully appealed the decision on several occasions but now they have finally had the measures overturned by the CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) Sports Guarantee Board.
As a result, the one point deduction Napoli received will be removed, while Juventus will be deducted the three points they were awarded. In a strange turn of fate, this will leave the two sides level on 24 points, although the Old Lady will remain above their rivals on goal difference.
Both teams are well behind surprise leaders Milan, who sit top of the pile on 31, as well as second place Inter who are on 30.
Napoli and Juventus’ league meeting will also have to be replayed. The pair are already scheduled to meet in the Supercoppa Italiana final on 20 January and then in the league on 13 February. Where a third game will fit into the schedule remains to be seen.