Cristiano Ronaldo has strongly denied claims that he broke coronavirus quarantine protocol by returning to Italy without authorisation.
Ronaldo tested positive for the virus while on international duty with Portugal and subsequently had to self-isolate, with Juventus reporting a few days later than he had returned to Turin via a private jet.
Both the player and Juve claim he had the authorisation to make the return trip home, but Italy's minister for sport Vincenzo Spadafora said he was unaware of any authorisation given, before claiming:
“Without authorisation from the health authorities, I think he has violated the protocol.”
Ronaldo has responded to the accusations with an Instagram post.
“I did not break any protocol," the post read.
“They’re saying that I broke Italian laws but it’s all a lie. I spoke with my team and we have the responsibility to do things right.
“Everything was done with authorisation. Principally for the Italian man whose name I’m not going to say, it’s a lie, I abided by all the protocols.”
He added: “I’m on one floor and my children are on another. For the next ten days it’s going to be like that.
“It’s difficult not to be in contact with them, but we have to respect the rules."
Ronaldo will miss Juve's next two matches against Crotone and then Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League as he continues his quarantine.