Cristiano Ronaldo is under investigation for breaching Italy's coronavirus protocols, the nation's sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora has confirmed.
Spadafora has revealed that the Federal Prosecutor's Office has opened an investigation into Ronaldo's conduct after the Juventus superstar returned to Italy shortly after testing positive for COVID-19 while on international duty with Portugal.
"Cristiano did not respect the protocol. There is an investigation by the Federal Prosecutor's Office to prove it," Spadafora revealed, as reported by Goal h/t Rai Tre.
"The virus has taught us that no one is exempt, obviously they are all people who have tried to respect the protocols as much as possible, but the only solution, in the end, is to stay at home."
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The latest investigation is the second incidence of alleged breach of protocol by the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, who was previously reported by the Local Health Authority when he left Italy to join up with the Selecao in the first place.
Amid the slew of allegations, Ronaldo has maintained that he was authorised to travel in each instance, and that he has not breached any of the protocols that are in place to help curb the spread of the virus.
"I did not break any protocol. 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," the 35-year-old said when the allegations first emerged.
"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."