Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain controversially broke quarantine rules in Italy to be with his cancer-stricken mother, his brother has revealed.
The former Chelsea forward, 32, fled the coronavirus-hit country – where almost 5,000 people have died – seven days into a recommended two-week quarantine to go back to his native Argentina.
One report claimed he was stopped by police as he left Turin to travel through France and Spain in order to be at the side of his mother Nancy, although it’s unclear if this was true.
There are conflicting reports on who gave ex-Real Madrid star Higuain permission to leave.
Romanelli claimed to be in the dark about who gave him the OK, whereas other reports in Italy say Juventus allowed Higuain to fly.
But now Higuain’s brother Nicola has snapped back at Romanelli and requested privacy while they be with their mother at this difficult time.
Nicola wrote on a Facebook post: “Our mother, like so many other people in the world, is battling a disease called cancer.
“These people clearly don’t care about my mother’s health, they only care about mentioning the magic word that in this case is ‘Higuain’, that’s how this business works.
“Obviously everyone knows who this message is for and I don’t like to generalise.