The UK government has rejected Manchester United request for Cristiano Ronaldo to
be exempt from isolation
The Portuguese must isolate for five days before he is allowed to train with
Manchester United after the club saw an exemption request rejected by the UK
Ronaldo completed a move back to Old Trafford after 12 years away from the club on
Transfer Deadline Day, signing a two-year contract with the option of a third after
United agreed a €15 million fee with Juventus for him.
After being announced as a United player on Tuesday, the 36-year-old featured for
Portugal against the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday in Faro, Portugal in a Fifa
World Cup qualifier.
In his first 90 minutes since Euro 2020, Ronaldo missed a penalty and then scored
two late headers to earn all three points for Portugal and become the all-time top
goalscorer in men’s international football in the process.
His brace took him to 111 goals, two more than Ali Daei of Iran, but he celebrated his
96th-minute winner by removing his shirt, which saw him booked by the referee.
That means he is banned for Portugal’s next qualifier against Azerbaijan on Tuesday
and with only a friendly against Qatar between the games, manager Fernando Santos
agreed to release him from international duty early so he could travel to England.
However, 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 former Real Madrid forward will have to test negative for COVID-19 on the
second and fifth day of his return in order to be released from isolation and then be
allowed to train with his new teammates.