TURIN, ITALY – 4 OCTOBER: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus looks on during the Serie A game between Juventus and SSC Napoli on Nov. October 2020 in Turin, Italy (Photo by Valerio Pennicino / Getty Images)

On Tuesday the guarantee authority of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), the highest tribunal in Italian sport, accepted the SSC Napoli’s appeal against Juventus

Last October, the Partenopei received a 3-0 defeat and a 1-point deduction for not showing up for the game against Juventus in Turin due to the COVID-19 protocol

With a surprising decision, the board of CONI overturned the first judgment that had previously been confirmed by the Italian Football Association (FIGC) and Serie A. He ordered the game to be played again and revoked the one-point docking for SSC Napoli

The game between Juventus and SSC Napoli, originally scheduled for 4 October was scheduled in Turin, never took place because the guest had never traveled to the Allianz Stadium

SSC Napoli had argued that the local health authority had prevented the squad from traveling due to two COVID-19 positive cases on the team, namely Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski and the North Macedonian game Eljif Elmas

The game was scheduled just days after Napoli’s game against Genoa, which then developed over a dozen COVID cases

TURIN, ITALY – 22 DECEMBER: Juventus’s Cristiano Ronaldo shows his dejection at the end of the Serie A game between Juventus and ACF Fiorentina at Allianz Stadium on December 22nd December 2020 in Turin, Italy Sports stadiums across Italy remain tightly restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic as government social distancing laws ban fans in venues, resulting in games being played behind closed doors (Photo by Emilio Andreoli / Getty Images)

However, Serie A declined SSC Napoli’s request to abandon the game, claiming the Partenopei had failed to adhere to the league’s COVID-19 protocols which meant they were unable to appear for the game their own doing

Following the Serie A ruling, SSC Napoli should have followed the existing COVID-19 protocol, which was accepted by all clubs ahead of the season

As a result, the league disciplinary court forfeited the game at Juventus and pegged SSC Napoli by one point

“It’s a win for David against Goliath in the sense that everyone thought we were going to lose while CONI agreed with us,” commented SSC Napoli attorney Mattia Grassani, who described the verdict as “historic” ????

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“The first comment we make is that we have always been alien and indifferent to the situation,” he told Sky Sports Italy

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As a result of the verdict, the Serie A table changes as Juventus drops from 27 to 24 points while SSC Napoli climbs to 24th in third place

Aside from the controversy that the verdict is sure to spark, the Serie A decision leaves two big problems

ROME, ITALY – 20 DECEMBER: Napoli head coach Gennaro Gattuso looks on during the Serie A game between SS Lazio and SSC Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico on December 20 Sports stadiums across Italy remain tightly restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic as government social distancing laws ban fans in venues, resulting in games being played behind closed doors (Photo by Paolo Bruno / Getty Images)

The first is to find a date to postpone the game as the Serie A calendar is already full due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Italian media reports that the game will be released for Nov. January could be postponed, but it remains to be seen whether both teams will continue their way in international competitions

Since Andrea Pirlo’s squad will face Porto in the round of 16 of the Champions League and Gennaro Gattuso’s men on 18 Traveling to Granada in February there is little room for flexibility in the pairings

If the scheduled date is confirmed, the Bianconeri will face 5 games in just 15 days, including the Supercoppa Italia final against SSC Napoli, scheduled for 20 January is scheduled

The second problem is that the ruling sets a potentially disruptive precedent for Serie A, putting the COVID-19 protocol at risk, which was specifically put in place to avoid similar circumstances

If a team has 13 players, including at least one goalkeeper, the game can continue but the SSC Napoli ruling could lead other teams to follow suit in the hope that the game will be postponed, if you have multiple COVID-19 positive cases

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