Cristiano Ronaldo may have violated health protocols by traveling to Portugal to fulfill his international obligations, according to Italy’s sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora.
The Juventus forward joined his squad for the October games after the Serie A champions created a “bubble” in the team’s hotel, with two staff members testing positive for coronavirus.
According to reports from Italy, Ronaldo returned two negative COVID-19 tests, but needed one more before he was officially granted permission to leave fiduciary isolation and travel to his homeland.
He played a role in Portugal’s goalless draws with Spain and France, but was ruled out for Wednesday’s win against Sweden after testing positive for the respiratory disease.
Juventus confirmed this Wednesday that Ronaldo returned to Turin on a medical flight authorized by the competent health authorities.
Ronaldo was reportedly taken home in an ambulance to ensure quarantine protocols were not violated and is now in a period of isolation.
However, while Juve says the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has acted within the rules, Spadafora disagrees.
When asked if Ronaldo’s trip violated coronavirus protocols, Italy’s sports minister told Rai Radio 1: “Yes, I think so. If there has not been any specific authorization from the health authority “.
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