Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of potentially breaking health rules by travelling to Italy after testing positive for coronavirus in Portugal.
The Juventus forward received a positive test on Tuesday while on international duty, and missed his side’s 3-0 win over Sweden in the Nations League as a result.
After self-isolating in the team hotel Ronaldo caught a private jet to go back to Italy, and he is now continuing his recovery at home.
But when sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora was asked whether Ronaldo may have broken rules by doing so in a radio interview, he replied: “Yes, I think so, if there hadn’t been any specific authorisation from the health authority.”
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Juventus president Andrea Agnelli issued a defiant response, however, saying: “You must call the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Interior and have them explain what has been violated.”
Ronaldo will now definitely miss his side’s game against Crotone this weekend, and he could also be forced to sit out of a reunion with his great rival Lionel Messi when Juve take on Barcelona in the Champions League on October 28.
He must be completely free of coronavirus for at least a week before being able to play, meaning he will need to provide a negative test by October 21 if he is to be permitted to take part in the match.
Meanwhile Ronaldo’s sister Katia launched an astonishing rant on Instagram appearing to rubbish the results of her brother’s test.
She posted: “If Cristiano Ronaldo has to wake the world up, I have to say he really is a prophet from God. Thank you.
“I think thousands of people will believe in the pandemia, in the tests and in the measures that have been taken, just like me.
“The biggest fraud I’ve seen since I was born.
“Today I read a phrase which I stand up to applaud, namely ‘Enough of a world of puppets.’
“Please, someone, open your eyes.”
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