A Brazilian footballer, Luis Adriano, has landed in trouble after he left his house and hit a cyclist despite being instructed to quarantine at home after testing positive for COVID-19.
The former AC Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk player, now at Palmeiras in his homeland, tested positive for the virus in routine tests conducted by his club on Monday.
The 33-year-old was subsequently instructed to quarantine for 10 days at home in line with the club’s rules despite being asymptomatic.
However, Adriano decided to drive his mother to a mall to go shopping on the grouse that she could not drive.
Narrating his own side of the incident in an Instagram post on Wednesday, the player insisted that he wore a facemask and did not leave his car.
A Twitter video, however, showed Adriano standing on the pavement as the cyclist lies on the floor receiving treatment from a paramedic.
The player admitted that he was wrong and apologised for his action.
He wrote: ‘I was instructed to stay in a quarantined house… 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, recognise and learn from our mistakes.’
Adriano will now miss the Supercopa do Brasil final against Flamengo this Sunday.
He has been fined by his club for his Covid-19 protocol breach with the money donated to a food charity.