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Italy’s sports minister thinks Ronaldo broke health protocol

/ 03:46 PM October 16, 2020
Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo

FILE PHOTO: Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during a Serie A game in Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy on September 27, 2020. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

MILAN — Cristiano Ronaldo may have broken health rules when he returned to Italy after testing positive for COVID-19 in Portugal, Italy’s sports minister said on Thursday.

The Juventus forward flew back to Italy in a private jet on Wednesday to go into quarantine at home.

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Vincenzo Spadafora, the sports minister, was asked during a radio interview if Ronaldo might have broken health rules in doing so and he replied: “Yes, I think so, if there hadn’t been any specific authorization from the health authority.”

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli said no rules had been broken.

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“You must call the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Interior and have them explain what has been violated,” Agnelli said during a news conference.

Juventus said on Wednesday that Ronaldo had returned on a medical flight “authorized by the competent health authorities”.

Ronaldo played a friendly against Spain and a Nations League match against France before he tested positive and was forced to miss the 3-0 win over Sweden on Wednesday.

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