Government reject Man United request for Cristiano Ronaldo to be exempt from isolation
Ronaldo not exempt from isolation rules
Manchester United would of course sign Cristiano Ronaldo in the final week of the summer transfer window.
Ronaldo has yet to link up with Man United as he would instead head off on international duty with Portugal.
And the forward would make history in Portugal’s first game of the break, netting a brace vs the Republic of Ireland to become the highest-scoring player in international football history.
Portugal now have a friendly match against Qatar on Saturday and then a World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan on September 7th.
Should Ronaldo have featured vs Azerbaijan, he would have then missed United’s Premier League clash with Newcastle on September 11th.
This comes with the UK government denying United’s request to grant Ronaldo an elite sportsman exemption.
As per the Manchester Evening News:
After United saw their request for an elite sportsman exemption rejected by the government Ronaldo will have to isolate like any other person flying from Portugal to the UK.
The quarantine will be for five days, with Ronaldo needing to test negative for Covid-19 on the 2nd and 5th day of his isolation.
Ronald released early from international duty
Luckily for Man United, however, Ronaldo does look as though he will be able to be available for the Newcastle clash.
The reason for this is that Portugal have agreed to release him early.
Ronaldo would be booked vs the Republic of Ireland, meaning he is now suspended for the Azerbaijan clash on the 7th. And with the meeting vs Qatar only a friendly, it does make sense for CR7 to be allowed to travel to England now.
So, with it currently only the 3rd of September and Ronaldo having been released on Thursday, he should have plenty of time to serve his five-day quarantine and then get ready to face Newcastle.
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