Inter’s players could be sanctioned by Milan’s local health authority (ATS) for breaking COVID-19 isolation rules, according to a report in the Italian media today.
The Nerazzurri have seven non-Italians – Romelu Lukaku, Christian Eriksen, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Milan Skriniar, Achraf Hakimi and Andrei Radu – who travelled home yesterday after being called up by their national teams.
Tuttosport’s print edition explained that while Milan’s ATS had authorised them to travel home and complete their 14-day quarantine there, they had not given them permission to ‘break the bubble’ and play in their nations’ respective fixtures (as is being widely reported as likely).
The most likely outcome is that Inter’s players will be fined upon their return to Italy next week.
Antonio Conte is hoping his players will not be overworked during this international break, with everyone except Hakimi (who has two Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers for Morocco) due to play three fixtures in the space of eight or nine days.
Lukaku, Brozovic, Perisic and Skriniar will play their final match on March 30 while Eriksen and Radu are in action on March 31, before returning to Appiano Gentile.
Inter’s next Serie A fixture is away to Bologna on April 3.