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Ronaldo may have violated Covid protocol, Italian minister says

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 16, 2020

Coronavirus positive, Cristiano Ronaldo did he make a mistake? “Yes, I think so, if there were no specific authorizations from the health authorities“replied Vincenzo Spadafora, interviewed by Radio Uno on whether Ronaldo had “violated protocol by going and then coming back from Portugal“. Turin’s local health authorities took legal action last week after the departure of the Portuguese star and other internationals from the Bianconero club to join their respective squads. All the players were indeed in isolation proceedings in the Juve hotel after two positive tests at the club. According to the Italian press, he risks a fine for breaking the solitary confinement.

Regarding Ronaldo’s return to Turin on Wednesday, two days after having tested positive for Covid-19 during the gathering of the Portugal team, he returned “with a medical flight authorized by the competent health authorities“, assured Juventus. Juventus president Andrea Agnelli assured Thursday that his club had respected sporting protocol, referring to the “Ministries of Health and the Interior“to find out which rules Ronaldo allegedly broke. According to the Portuguese Federation, CR7 is asymptomatic. Under Italian rules, he will have to observe a quarantine of at least ten days and can find his teammates after a negative test.

He is already forfeited for the next two matches of the Bianconeri, Saturday against Crotone in Serie A then Tuesday against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League. The question that torments the supporters of Juve is especially whether the five-time Ballon d’Or will be delivered in time for the Champions League clash against Lionel Messi’s FC Barcelona, ​​scheduled for October 28. UEFA’s protocol provides that a player must provide evidence showing that he is no longer ill one week before a match.

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