Cristiano Ronaldo shot again at Italy’s sports activities minister on Friday by denying that he broke the coronavirus protocol adopted for the nation’s soccer after coming back from worldwide responsibility whereas constructive for the illness.
Juventus ahead Ronaldo is presently quarantined at his residence in Turin after travelling from Portugal in an air ambulance following a constructive Covid-19 check whereas together with his nationwide workforce for Nations League matches.
“I by no means broke the protocol,” Ronaldo stated on Instagram, including that he travelled after gaining authorisation to take action and had prevented contact with different folks.
“Somebody, whose identify I am will not say, right here in Italy … says that I did not respect the protocol, that’s merely a lie.
“I’m persevering with my quarantine, I’m alone, my household is on one other flooring, we will not keep in touch and it is going to be like that at the very least for the following 10 days.”
Minister of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora stated on Thursday that he thought the Portugal captain Ronaldo had damaged protocol by leaving Italy whereas Juventus have been in isolation following two Covid-19 instances among the many workforce’s non-playing workers.
On Friday he claimed “conceited” Ronaldo had lied and confused that his feedback referred particularly to his and a few of his teammates’ leaving to hitch their respective nationwide groups.
“The celebrity and greatness of sure footballers does not enable them to be conceited, disrespectful in direction of our establishments and to lie,” Spadafora advised Italy’s ANSA information company.
“I reiterate what I stated yesterday relating to some Juventus gamers abandoning their workforce lodge, feedback which I primarily based on Juventus’ personal communications with well being authorities in Turin.”
Native well being authorities within the Piedmont area stated that prosecutors had been knowledgeable of the departure of Ronaldo and different Juve gamers.
Juventus stated on Thursday that Ronaldo, who claims to not have the “slightest symptom”, returned to Italy in a “medical flight authorised by the competent well being authorities”.
The whole Juve workforce have been again in isolation on Wednesday night after American midfielder Weston McKennie examined constructive.
Each McKennie and Ronaldo are in quarantine and should check detrimental earlier than rejoining their teammates.
Below UEFA guidelines a participant should present proof that he’s now not sick every week earlier than a European match.
Ronaldo, who will miss Juve’s Serie A match with Crotone and their Champions League opener towards Dynamo Kiev on October 20, should check detrimental on October 21 to play towards Barcelona and outdated foe Lionel Messi every week later.