Ronaldo, Others Risk Legal Actions For Breach Of COVID-19 Rules

 

Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) celebrates with (From 2ndL) Juventus’ Brazilian defender Danilo, Juventus’ Uruguayan midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur and Juventus’ Colombian midfielder Juan Cuadrado after scoring the 2-2 equalizer during the Italian Serie A football match Roma vs Juventus on September 27, 2020 at the Olympic stadium in Rome. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

 

Cristiano Ronaldo and other top Juventus players could face legal action for rejoining their national teams despite coronavirus rules after two positive cases at the Italian champions, local health authorities in Turin said on Wednesday.

As well as the Portuguese star, several South Americans including Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado, Danilo and Rodrigo Bentancur also left the Juventus team hotel without awaiting test results this week, according to Italian media reports.

“The club itself told us that some players had left the place of isolation and therefore we will notify the competent authority, that is the prosecutor, of what happened,” said Roberto Testi, a director of the health authority in the Piedmont region, quoted by the Ansa news agency.

The entire Juventus team and staff were isolating from Saturday, a procedure that does not prevent them from training or playing, but prohibits contact with the outside.

Both virus case at the club were among the team’s non-playing staff.

Several other internationals called up to their national sides will be able to leave as soon as they get the all-clear, including France’s Adrien Rabiot, Italians Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, Wales’ Aaron Ramsey and Poland’s Wojciech Szczesny.\

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Danilo Ruled Out Of Rest Of Brazil World Cup Campaign

Brazil’s defender Danilo (L) and Brazil’s forward Taison (C) take part in a training session at the Yug Sport Stadium in Sochi, on July 3, 2018, ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Brazil and Belgium on July 6.
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Brazil defender Danilo will play no further part in the World Cup after suffering an ankle injury in training, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has confirmed.

The CBF said the Manchester City full-back had suffered ligament damage in his left ankle after twisting it in training on Thursday, ahead of Friday’s quarter-final against Belgium in Kazan.

Danilo had only just recovered from a hip injury that had ruled him out of Brazil’s last two group games, with Fagner stepping up to take his place in the side and keeping it for the last-16 win over Mexico.

The CBF said that Danilo would not have the time to recover from the injury should Tite’s side beat Belgium and advance to the semi-finals.

However, the 26-year-old has asked to stay with the squad as Brazil bid to win a record-extending sixth World Cup.

Danilo had started out as Brazil’s first choice at right-back in Russia after Dani Alves was ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury.

Injured Danilo To Miss World Cup For Portugal

FILE COPY Portuguese players during a training session Photo Credit: AFP

 

Porto Defensive Midfielder, Danilo Pereira, will miss the World Cup with an Achilles tendon injury, the Portuguese club announced Wednesday.

Danilo, capped 25 times and part of the Portugal team that won Euro 2016, sustained a partial rupture of his left Achilles and will undergo an operation on Thursday, the club said.

The 26-year-old was making a steady comeback after a calf injury he suffered in January, but his newest setback sees him ruled out of Fernando Santos’ squad plans for the June 14-July 15 finals in Russia.

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Man City Sign Danilo From Real Madrid

Manchester City have signed defender Danilo from Spanish Champions Real Madrid on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club said on Sunday.

The 26-year-old joined Madrid in 2015 and played 24 matches for Zinedine Zidane’s side last season as they won the Spanish league title, sealed their second consecutive Champions League trophy and won the Club World Cup.

British media reports claimed the Brazilian joined City for a fee of around £26m ($33.78 million), making him manager Guardiola’s second major defensive signing in the current window following Kyle Walker’s arrival earlier this month.

Danilo, who previously won two league titles in four years at Portuguese club FC Porto, will join his new team mates in their pre-season U.S. tour and could face his former club when City play Madrid on Wednesday.

On the role Guardiola played in his move, the former Real Madrid defender said, “He’s been one reason, but it’s also the ambitious project of the club that convinced me to come.”

He added, “I hope to meet the expectations. I’m really looking forward to the challenge and I would love to win the Champions League with Manchester City.”

Although he featured more as a right back at Real Madrid, the defender does not have a favourite position.

“Football is very dynamic and it requires quality players in every position, so I think a player who can play in different positions at a good level has an advantage and becomes very important for the team as well. I prefer just to play. I don’t have a favourite position. I am used to playing as right back but anytime I’m on the pitch in the starting 11, I’m always happy,” he said.

“He [Pep] told me I’m ready and that I can play in several positions, right back, left back, midfield. I just hope to help him out as he expects.”

Although he featured for Real Madrid only 24 times last season, the 26-year-old was proud of the season the Spanish giants had.

“Collectively it was a great season because the team won La Liga and the Champions League. You have to learn how to win and I love winning. Undoubtedly it was very important for me being on the pitch and always winning,” he said.

Man City Signs Danilo From Real Madrid On Five-Year Contract

Manchester City has signed defender Danilo from Spanish champions Real Madrid on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club said on Sunday.

The 26-year-old joined Madrid in 2015 and played 24 matches for Zinedine Zidane’s side last season as they won the Spanish league title, sealed their second consecutive Champions League trophy and won the Club World Cup.

British media reports claimed the Brazilian joined City for a fee of around 26 million pounds ($33.78 million), making him manager Guardiola’s second major defensive signing in the current window following Kyle Walker’s arrival earlier this month.

Brazilian international and New Manchester City signing Danilo said “Football is very dynamic and it requires quality players in every position, so I think a player who can play in different positions at a good level has an advantage and becomes very important for the team as well.

“You have to learn how to win and I love winning. Undoubtedly it was very important for me being on the pitch and always winning, so I would like to give the fans that, but also hard work, effort and dedication too.”

“I had a few words with Fernandinho and I hope they help me settle down as quickly as possible. To the Club, to the city and to Pep’s managerial style, and all that helps the Club win trophies.”He said

Danilo, who previously won two league titles in four years at Portuguese club FC Porto, will join his new team mates in their pre-season U.S. tour and could face his former club when City play Madrid on Wednesday.