Tuesday October 20 2020
Councillor: 'Advisable not to play Napoli-AZ'

Napoli are 'advised' not to play the scheduled match in the Europa League against AZ Alkmaar, who have eight positive cases of coronavirus in their squad.

The Partenopei come from a hectic period relating to positive cases in their own camp and eventually lost 3-0 by default to Juventus.

Napoli were stopped from travelling by the local health authorities and have appealed the decision, and Corriere della Sera reports the eight positive cases of coronavirus in the first-team squad of Dutch opponents AZ on Thursday.

The alarming number of infections in the Eredivisie side has made the councillor for Sport in Naples express his concerns.

“It would be advisable not to play,” he said, according to Corriere della Sera, but the current UEFA protocol is clear.

The match should go ahead if both teams have at least 13 players, including a goalkeeper, negative for COVID-19.

Napoli have constantly tested their players after the 6-0 win against Genoa, as the Rossoblu later announced a total of 22 cases of COVID-19 among players and staff.

At the moment the match at the San Paolo will go ahead, unless the Dutch health authorities intervene.

Yesterday, the report reveals Azzurri players carried out a new test for coronavirus and all the players, except Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas, have tested negative.

Zielinski and Elmas are already quarantined at home and will not be available for Thursday’s match against the Dutch side.