Italian minister says Cristiano Ronaldo may have violated the covid-19 protocol

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Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora said on Thursday that Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo may have violated the covid-19 protocol by coming to Portugal and returning to Italy infected with the coronavirus.

The Juventus striker is asymptomatic, having tested positive, and returned to Turin on Wednesday, in a private ambulance plane, having not participated in Portugal’s 3-0 victory against Sweden in the fourth meeting day of Group 3 of League A of the League of Nations.

“Yes, I think so, if the specific authorizations were not given by the health authorities”, said Vincenzo Spadafora, to Radio Uno, saying that the Portuguese striker may have violated the protocol also when he traveled to Portugal, at a time when Juventus was in preventive isolation.

Also this Thursday, the president of Juve, Andrea Agnelli, sent clarifications to the competent entities.

“I don’t have the government’s protocol, they have to call the Ministry of Health and the Interior, which applies state laws, and they explain what was violated, because I honestly don’t know,” Agnelli replied to the media.

On Wednesday, the Italian champion said that Cristiano Ronaldo “returned to Italy on a medical flight authorized by the competent health authorities, at the request of the player, and will continue his isolation at home”.

The captain of the Portuguese national team has been in isolation since Tuesday at Cidade do Futebol, in Oeiras, after having tested positive for covid-19.

Ronaldo was at the stage of the Portuguese national team, after playing Spain (0-0), in a private game, on October 7, in Lisbon, and France (0-0), on Sunday, in Saint-Denis, for the League of Nations, having been released from the meeting against Sweden.



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