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Napoli and Roma appeals against default defeats dismissed by an Italian soccer federation court

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Napoli and Roma saw their complaints against defeats in default dismissed by an Italian soccer federation court on Tuesday.

A 3-0 defeat and a one-point penalty were given to Napoli for not turning up for its Serie A match at Juventus on October 4 due to coronavirus cases.

The FIGC court of appeal upheld the decision of the league that Napoli did not have a legitimate excuse for skipping the fixture and should have followed the current procedure of COVID-19, which was agreed before the season began by all clubs.

The procedure of the Italian League for coronavirus cases is similar to the rules of UEFA. The game will go ahead if a team has 13 available players, including at least one goalkeeper. The court argued that “effectively making an alibi for themselves not to play” was the conduct of Napoli in the days leading up to the match.

The court concluded that Napoli’s “conduct was already directed at not playing in the days leading up to the match, with a direct breach of the basic principles on which the sporting system is founded, namely honesty, decency, and probity.”

The FIGC court also ruled that the appeal from Roma was “unfounded.”

On September 19, the match against Hellas Verona-the league opener for both teams ended in a 0-0 draw, but Roma was given a 3-0 defeat three days later by the disciplinary judge of Serie A for using an ineligible player. Midfielder Amadou Diawara began the game but was not included on the 25-man team roster of Roma. Like last season, Diawara, who turned 23 in July, was no longer qualified for Roma’s under-22 team.

Napoli and Roma, three points behind Serie A leader AC Milan, are currently third and fourth, respectively.

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