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‘Ronaldo is a free citizen’ – Juventus coach Pirlo responds to police investigation over coronavirus rule break

Andrea Pirlo says Cristiano Ronaldo is liable for his personal actions in his free time, with the Juventus star under investigation by Italian police for allegedly breaking coronavirus restrictions.

Ronaldo is below the highlight after his girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, posted footage on social media of the couple using a snowmobile at an Italian mountain resort as a part of her twenty seventh birthday celebrations.

It’s reported the couple travelled from the Piedmont area to Valle d’Aosta. Each of those areas are presently designated as ‘orange zones’, with journey between these areas forbidden below present authorities guidelines.

If discovered responsible, Ronaldo is more likely to obtain a high quality. Greater than 87,000 individuals are reported to have died as a result of coronavirus pandemic in Italy.

Pirlo was requested concerning the incident in his pre-match press convention forward of Juventus’ away fixture at Sampdoria on Saturday.

“Cristiano Ronaldo had a time without work and in your days off you might be free to do what you need,” Pirlo mentioned. “When they’re right here, they’re below my management, however outdoors of right here they’re free residents and might take their very own actions.”

Ronaldo has confronted related accusations beforehand through the pandemic. After testing positive for Covid-19 himself during the October international break, he was criticised by Italian sports activities minister Vincenzo Spadafora, who suggested Ronaldo may have broken the rules by returning to Turin with out authorisation.

Ronaldo vehemently denied this claim and, when he was dominated out of a Champions League group-stage match with Barcelona after returning one other optimistic check, denounced the test as ‘BULLSH*T’ on social media. He later deleted the remark.

Regardless of the investigation, Ronaldo will have the ability to return to Juve’s squad for Saturday’s recreation after being rested for the Coppa Italia win over SPAL on Wednesday.

“Sampdoria are an excellent crew, they’re residing an excellent second,” Pirlo mentioned. “They’ve gamers with nice qualities and a deep squad too.

“It is going to be a tough recreation, prefer it at all times is whenever you face [Claudio] Ranieri’s groups. I respect him a lot.

“Right this moment everybody ought to prepare with the group, besides [Paulo] Dybala who continues to be recovering. We’ll consider him day-to-day, he nonetheless feels ache at his knee generally, however hopefully we’re heading in the right direction.”

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