The showdown between Ronaldo’s Juventus and Napoli could be postponed, says an FIGC council member, after members of both sides tested positive for COVID-19.
News emerged from Italy on Saturday, revealing that the national health authorities denied Napoli entry into Turin. It came after two of their players, Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas, tested positive for COVID-19.
A staff member of the Gennaro Gattuso’s squad also tested positive, as did two members of Juventus’ own staff. However, the Bianconeri assured their players and technical staff weren’t affected.
Juventus Football Club announces that the First Team will take to the field for the Juventus – Napoli match tomorrow at 20:45, as foreseen by the Serie A League calendar.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 3, 2020
The reigning Serie A champions then confirmed plans to take to the field on Sunday at the Allianz Stadium, with the Italian league later announcing similar ideas.
“The Lega Serie A confirms that the Juve-Napoli match, on the third matchday of Serie A TIM, remains scheduled for October 4 at 8.45pm,” read a statement.
But Pietro Lo Monaco, a council member of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), believes a postponement is likely after all.
“We are moving towards this path,” he told Radio Kiss Kiss. “Juventus-Napoli will be postponed to a date to be decided. The rule is clear.”
Napoli have released no new updates at the time of writing, but Juventus have just released their squad list for the fixture.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 4, 2020