Cristiano Ronaldo under investigation for breaking coronavirus rules with Italy’s sports minister saying Juventus star ‘did not respect’ protocols with his flight home from Portugal duty while infected – and ‘no-one is exempt’
- Cristiano Ronaldo under investigation for breaching Covid rules for flying home
- Juventus star took a private air ambulance from Portugal to his house in Italy
- Vincenzo Spadafora said star ‘did not respect’ protocols with his flight home
- Ronaldo claimed he complied with all necessary procedures earlier this month
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner tested positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with Portugal earlier this month and took a private air ambulance to his house in Italy.
When asked whether Ronaldo had breached Covid-19 rules, Italy’s sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora told Rai Radio: ‘Yes, I think so, if there were no specific authorisations from the health authority.’
Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is under investigation for breaking coronavirus rules
Vincenzo Spadafora said Ronaldo ‘did not respect’ protocols with flight home while infected
Ronaldo touched down in Italy after travelling back from Portugal by air ambulance
And now Spadafora has said the Juventus star ‘did not respect’ protocols with his flight home while infected – and ‘no-one is exempt’.
‘Cristiano did not respect the protocol. There is an investigation by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office to prove it,’ he told Rai Tre.
‘The virus has taught us that no one is exempt, obviously they are all people who have tried to respect the protocols as much as possible, but the only solution in the end is to stay at home.’
Ronaldo had quashed Spadafora’s claim, claiming he complied with all necessary procedures.
The 35-year-old said on Instagram on October 16: ‘I’m always at home, now I’m sunbathing, also to let the days pass. I’m respecting the protocol, I did not break it, as has been said: It’s a lie.
‘I returned from Portugal because my team and I made sure to comply with all the procedures.
The Portugal captain has been exercising at home to keep fitness levels up in self-isolation
‘I returned to Italy by air ambulance and I have had no contact with anyone, even in Turin.’
Ronaldo also added: ‘My family is on another floor of the house, we can’t be in contact.’
His club Juventus had already defended Ronaldo after he returned to Italy, saying that his flight was authorised by the health authorities.
‘Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Italy with a medical flight authorised by the competent health authorities at the request of the player and will continue his isolation at his home,’ Juventus said in a statement.
Ronaldo posted a picture of himself lounging around by his swimming pool in quarantine
Ronaldo poses with his Portugal team-mates just a day before his positive test was revealed
Ronaldo has been self-isolating but tested positive for coronavirus for a second time last Thursday, throwing into doubt his participation in Juventus’ Champions League opener against Barcelona this week.
UEFA protocol means Ronaldo should have tested negative a week before the game in order to face rival Lionel Messi for the first time since he left Real Madrid.
But Juventus filed a medical report to UEFA arguing that the player’s test showed a very low viral load which — if he gets a negative result from another test — should mean he is still allowed to play.
Ronaldo’s reunion with Lionel Messi in Champions League this week in doubt due to Covid-19