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Napoli win appeal over unplayed Juve match

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Napoli have won their appeal against a 3-0 forfeit and one-point deduction for failing to play their Serie A match at Juventus in October amid confusion over Italian soccer’s COVID-19 rules.

The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) confirmed on its official website that its tribunal had accepted Napoli’s appeal and ordered that the match be rescheduled.

Tuesday’s decision left Napoli level in the Serie A table with Juve with 24 points from 12 games.

Previously, Juventus – who are chasing a 10th successive title – had been third with 27 points.

Neither club has commented on the decision.

Napoli failed to travel to Turin for the scheduled game on October 4, saying their local health authority had told the players to stay at home after two members of the squad tested positive for COVID-19.

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Serie A turned down Napoli’s request to call the game off, resulting in bizarre scenes at the Allianz Stadium.

With the game still officially on, the stadium was opened and the floodlights switched on.

Juventus, who named their team, and the match officials were present and had to wait until 45 minutes after the scheduled kick off before the game was officially abandoned.

Serie A’s disciplinary tribunal rejected the club’s claim of force majeure, and Napoli subsequently lost a first appeal at the Italian Football Federation before appealing to CONI’s Guarantee Board, the highest tribunal in Italian sport.

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