Ronaldo in public row with Italian sports minister over health rules

Ruben Hill
October 17, 2020

According to reports from Italy, Ronaldo returned two negative COVID-19 tests but needed one more before being officially granted permission to leave fiduciary isolation and travel to his homeland.

MILAN, Oct 17 ― Cristiano Ronaldo become involved in a public row with Italy's sports minister yesterday as the pair indirectly accused each other of lying over whether the Portugal worldwide had broken health rules after testing positive for Covid-19.

Cristiano Ronaldo shot back at Italy's sports minister on Friday by denying that he broke the coronavirus protocol adopted for the country's football, after returning from worldwide duty while positive for the disease.

Juventus' star player Cristiano Ronaldo appeared as combative as ever in a social media post on Friday, a day after being accused of breaching Italian coronavirus rules.

"I followed all the protocols and I will continue to follow them, my conscience is clear".

"I never broke the protocol", Ronaldo said during an interview on Instagram, adding that he travelled after gaining authorisation to do so and had avoided contact with other people.

The 35-year-old had a positive test result prior to Thursday's (AEDT) 3-0 UEFA Nations League victory over Sweden and chose to return to Turin. I haven't violated it as has been said - that's a lie. The footballer is now quarantined at his home in Turin after travelling from Portugal in an air ambulance. "I did not have contact with anyone".

However that wasn't the end of it as Spadafora then claimed the "fame" of players should mean they 'set a good example, ' saying, "The fame and skill of certain players does not entitle them to be arrogant, disrespectful to the institutions and to lie. I'm not talking about it again and I repeat my wish that everyone who has tested positive recovers quickly".

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