Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku has reportedly been disciplined by his club for ‘misleading and confusing claims' that 23 out of 25 Inter players had shown symptoms of coronavirus.
But Inter have hit back over the claims and have spoken to Lukaku, according to Spanish publication AS.
Lukaku pointed to a Serie A clash against Cagliari on January 26 – the game in which Skriniar was substituted. The first confirmed case of coronavirus in Italy was not until February 21.
“We had a week off in December, we returned to work and I swear that 23 out of 25 players were ill. I am not kidding,” Lukaku told Belgian TV presenter Kat Kerkhofs – wife of Napoli striker Dries Mertens – in a conversation on Instagram Live.
“We played against Radja Nainggolan's Cagliari and after about 25 minutes, one of our defenders [Skriniar] had to leave the pitch. He could not continue and almost fainted.
“Everyone was coughing and had a fever. When I was warming up, I felt a lot hotter than usual. I hadn't suffered from a fever in years.
“After the game there was a planned dinner with guests from Puma, but I thanked them and went straight to bed. We never did the Covid-19 tests at that moment, so we'll never know for sure.”
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