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‘People’s lives depend on it’: the sacked English defender stuck in Spain | Sid Lowe

Charlie I’Anson’s contract in the third tier has been terminated but the lockdown has left him unable to come back to UK

Charlie I’Anson spent Thursday packing up boxes in the small flat he rents near Madrid, finalising the details of his dismissal from the football club for whom he played, and trying to contact the police to request permission to travel home. The night before, the news slipped out: two months after the last match, and on the day the first and second division players returned to work, the football federation decided to cancel the rest of the season in Spain’s third and fourth tiers. Like thousands of footballers, the English centre-back’s season was over with 10 matches remaining.

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