Napoli confirmed that they will "follow every legal avenue" after their appeal was rejected, using ‘unacceptable’ criticism of their conduct. “SSC Napoli is already at work preparing an appeal to the Collegio di Garanzia dello Sport of the CONI,” as written in the statement.
has always sought to defend the values of fairness and sporting merit, so in this case too we will follow every legal avenue to ensure justice for its conduct, which respected public health and asked that the pitch be the only judge to decide the result of a football match.”
The Partenopei did not tend the October 4 Serie A fixture with Juventus, this was due to two players – Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas – testing positive for COVID-19.
However, the Lega Serie A and today the FIGC court of appeal ruledNapoli
had ignored the existing Serie A protocols for COVID cases and contacted the ASL essentially trying to steer them towards blocking their travel.
As a result, victory was given to Juventus andNapoli
lost one point.
By the time the order came,Napoli
had already canceled their flight and the hotel booking in Turin, even though the game was to be played the next day.
The wording of the rejection notes thatNapoli
"deserve" the sanction because it was not at all impossible for them to take part in the match, having instead pushed the situation in that direction in a voluntary and pre-ordained manner.
“Their conduct in the days leading up to the match were already aimed towards not playing, with clear violation of the fundamental principles that sporting justice is based on, namely fairness, decency and probity.”