Just In: Ronaldo quarantined after Rugani’s positive coronavirus test

first_img That game is due to be played behind closed doors but is now widely expected to be postponed by UEFA. Rugani is the second professional football to test positive, with Hannover 96 defender Timo Hubers currently in quarantine. He took to Twitter and wrote: ‘You will have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure all those who are worrying about me, I’m fine. ‘I urge everyone to respect the rules, because this virus makes no distinctions! Let’s do it for ourselves, for our loved ones and for those around us.’ Italy is by far the worst affected European nation where more than 800 people have died of the illness. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said supermarkets and pharmacies will be the only retailers to remain open in Italy. Juventus defender Rugani posted on Twitter, writing that the ‘virus makes not distinctions’ The Portuguese star flew to his homeland to visit his mother, who recently suffered a stroke, before the news broke and must stay put rather than fly back to northern Italy where the outbreak is at its most rampant. Both Ronaldo and Rugani shared a dressing room on Sunday when Juventus beat Inter Milan 2-0 behind closed doors. A picture posted on Instagram by Miralem Pjanic after the game show Ronaldo and Rugani celebrating the victory in a close huddle with their team-mates. Everyone who came into contact with Rugani on both sides has now required to be in isolation. It is hoped that the spread is limited as Rugani remained an unused substitute for Maurizio Sarri on the Juventus bench. Ronaldo is not flying back to Turin and must stay in quarantine in his family home in Portugal Loading… Cristiano Ronaldo is to remain in quarantine in his Madeira home after Juventus team-mate Daniele Rugani tested positive for coronavirus. Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Daniele Rugani (circled) shared a dressing room on Sunday The Portuguese press plastered the story over their front pages with Quotidiano Sportivo and Abola both running headlines about Ronaldo being in quarantine. All sporting events in Italy have been cancelled until at least April 3 but Juventus are scheduled to face Lyon in the Champions League next Tuesday. Read Also: Tension as Juventus star tests positive for coronavirus Conte has allowed public services such as transport and industrial production to remain as long as there are adequate safety measures in place to stop the virus spreading. Sport is another sphere of public life that has ground to a halt. The Italian football federation said after a meeting on Tuesday that the Serie A season may not finish because of the outbreak. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Insane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The World18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney PrincessesTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The Worldlast_img read more

Poyet takes blame for heavy defeat

first_img The Uruguayan was swiftly installed as a 1/4 favourite to be the next top-flight manager to lose his job with bookmaker William Hill after a humiliating afternoon at the Stadium of Light, and although he insisted he had not heard from owner Ellis Short in the immediate aftermath of the debacle, he took the criticism on the chin. Poyet said: “I am responsible. I am one of the few in football nowadays, I am honest. When things go right, I tell you I am responsible, and when things go wrong, I tell you I am responsible. I don’t pick and choose. “There’s one thing Gus has got, he’s got a bigger heart than anyone.” Sherwood was thrilled with his side’s display, but was taking nothing for granted despite seeing them ease themselves six points clear of the drop zone. He said: “It’s a fantastic step towards safety, but there’s still a lot of work to be done, we realise that. We have managed to drag Sunderland into it now and push them underneath us, but it’s all about next week now, Swansea at home, and getting the points there. “I’m sure our fans will be very jubilant and welcoming the players to a home fixture. The boys are looking forward now to playing at home in front of an expectant crowd. “Losing becomes a habit, doesn’t it, and winning does also, so we are hoping to continue that, albeit it’s only three games.” Meanwhile, Poyet was less than happy with a comment from former team-mate Chris Sutton in a BBC blog in which he likened Sebastian Larsson’s delayed return for the second half to a pub team player having a cigarette at half-time. Poyet said: “Seb Larsson is one of the biggest and best professionals we have got at the football club. He had a massive cut in his leg, they were trying to stitch it, they couldn’t do it quickly enough. “He didn’t want to come off because he felt responsible for the 4-0 in the first half, and we waited for him. We asked the referee to delay a little bit the second half – there are some rules in football which mean you can do it, but not for long – and he came out. “It’s very disrespectful about one hell of a professional. Seb Larsson doesn’t deserve that.” “I hate people when they pick and choose and they change, they have got too many faces. I am not. I am responsible and as the one who is responsible, you are the one who has to take it.” Asked if he was determined to carry on in his mission to drag the Black Cats out of trouble for the second successive season, Poyet remained defiant. He said: “I do. That’s not even in question. I need to accept the responsibility. I pick the team, we train in a certain way and then Saturday 3pm, that’s the thing.” Sunderland’s hopes of a much-needed victory were dashed inside 44 chaotic minutes as Villa ended a 614-minute wait for an away league goal, and then built upon it in impressive style to race into a decisive 4-0 lead. Christian Benteke set the ball rolling with a neat 16th-minute shot from Leandro Bacuna’s pull-back and after Gabriel Agbonlahor had helped himself to a double, followed suit a minute before the break with a powerful header which gave bemused goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon no chance. The defeat saw Villa leapfrog Sunderland, who are now in 17th place and just four points clear of the relegation zone. However, there was support for Poyet from former Tottenham team-mate and Villa boss Tim Sherwood. He said: “It’s not great, is it, when you are beaten heavily at home, but Gus will bounce back. He’s that type of character who has seen it all and done it all before. Press Association Under-fire head coach Gus Poyet took full responsibility after Sunderland were trounced 4-0 at home by fellow Barclays Premier League strugglers Aston Villa. last_img read more