Palmeiras Striker Luiz Adriano Tests Positive For COVID-19, Escapes Isolation And Runs Over Cyclist
In the most bizarre story of the week, Palmeiras striker Luiz Adriano tested positive for COVID-19 and ran over a cyclist after escaping isolation.
According to reports in Brazil, the former Shakhtar Donetsk and AC Milan forward tested positive on two occasions and was therefore required to isolate at home for 10 days in line with the club's rules.
Although asymptomatic, the Brazilian broke his required quarantine and decided to take his mother to a shopping mall in western São Paulo.
He was then involved in a car accident that saw a cyclist hit in the car park and suffer minor injuries. Footage of Adriano waiting while the victim received treatment in the aftermath emerged online following the incident on Monday.
E o Luiz Adriano que acidentalmente atropelou um pedestre hoje, graças a Deus não foi nada grave :pray: pic.twitter.com/4MDDk27408- denoca (@magodeeh) April 6, 2021
The 33-year-old has been fined, with the sum being donated towards providing "basic food baskets".
He took to Instagram to explain what happened and apologise for not following protocols.
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Roughly translated, his post reads: "Palmeiras family, unfortunately in a game as important as tomorrow's I will not be able to be present. I'll be out but cheering a lot for my teammates on the field.
"Unfortunately, I again tested positive for covid-19. On 04/01, we performed the control tests of the club, as we do every week, and mine came back positive.
"I had contracted this virus before, I am totally asymptomatic, I even have my IgG reagent, but the rules of the club are clear.
"I was instructed to stay in a quarantined house under the supervision of the DM, but yesterday I went to the supermarket in the mall to take my mother who does not know how to drive, without leaving my car and wearing a mask, but I ended up getting involved in an accident in which a bicycle hit the car at the exit of the parking lot.
"I remained in my mask and away at all times, but I couldn't help providing assistance to the person who suffered the accident. Everyone is well. Yes, I shouldn't have left the house, I made a mistake, I admit it!
"We live in difficult times, we all need to be careful and respect the safety protocols. We can always help in some way and, mainly, recognize and learn from our mistakes."
Adriano will now be absent for the Supercopa do Brasil final against Flamengo this coming Sunday.
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