Lazio's Serie A clash with Torino must be played, court rules

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(Reuters) - Lazio's home Serie A game against Torino, which was postponed earlier this month following a COVID-19 outbreak in the Turin club's squad, must be played, Italy's Sports Court of Appeal said on Tuesday.

The fixture, which was originally scheduled for March 2, had descended into farce as the capital club named a team and turned up at the Stadio Olimpico despite their opponents being stuck in quarantine more than 600km away in Turin.

Contradictory instructions from a local health authority (ASL) and the league body resulted in Lazio arriving for kickoff and waiting 45 minutes before the game was officially abandoned.

The Rome club wanted the match to be awarded as a 3-0 win to them, but that was rejected by the appeal court, which ruled the game would have to be re-arranged for later in the season.

Lazio can still take their appeal further, to the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) Guarantee Board.

CONI previously overturned a decision to hand Juventus a 3-0 win over Napoli, for a game called off in similar circumstances in October, and ordered the match to be played.

(Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Toby Davis)