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Juventus could Induce COVID-19-hit Napoli to Sacrifice Game on Sunday

Juventus intends to field a team in Sunday’s match against Napoli even though their opponents are seemingly prohibited from traveling because of coronavirus infections in their group.

That could induce Napoli to sacrifice the game and shed the Serie A match 3-0.

Juventus, Italy’s defending champions, issued a statement Saturday saying that its players will take into the area at Turin tomorrow.

However, as two Napoli players have tested positive for COVID-19, the Italian press reported that local health authorities banned the staff from traveling Saturday and arranged them to self-isolate.

Sunday’s game in Turin hasn’t been formally postponed and also the Italian league’s protocol for COVID instances is the same as for UEFA rules. If a group has 13 available players, including a minimum of one goalkeeper, the match can proceed.

Napoli midfielder Eljif Elmas tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, only a day after teammate Piotr Zielinski plus a group staff member tested positive.

There’s been continuous testing in the club once Napoli played with Genoa last weekend. Over 20 Genoa players and team members have tested positive.

Genoa’s game at Torino on Saturday had been postponed.

Juventus has already reported both staff members to possess coronavirus but “these are neither members nor players of their medical or technical team.”