After Salernitana’s COVID-19 outbreak (football news), Serie A rewarded Udinese a default 3-0 win as Salernitana couldn’t visit northeastern Italy. So, Udinese’s match with Salernitana in the top-flight didn’t take place because the visitors did not travel to Dacia Arena.
Due to Salernitana’s coronavirus outbreak, they already knew local health authorities had forbidden them from travelling out of their area.
However, hosts Udinese nevertheless announced their team news and warmed up for Tuesday’s match as normal at their home ground.
The same situation occurred last season between Juventus and Napoli, with the visitors having to forfeit the match.
Although, Napoli eventually won an appeal to reschedule the match and the two teams thus replayed it.
Serie A Rewarded Udinese a Default 3-0 Win as Salernitana Couldn’t Visit
Serie A’s hasty forfeiture of the match to offer Udinese an automatic 3-0 victory over Salerinitana divided the two sides.
“The league is right not to postpone the game,” Udinese director Pierpaolo Marino told DAZN.
“They have a duty to protect the regularity of the league season and a game must not be postponed because a player tests positive,” he continued
“We went to Rome to play Lazio with seven players and our coach out with Covid last season. And we won 3-1.”
On the other hand, Salernitana’s sporting director Angelo Fabiani showed righteous vexation. Fabiani said they were following orders by not travelling for the game.
“It isn’t up to us, we paid for a plane journey and then spent more on a charter flight. But if the authorities ban you from going, what can we do?” he said.