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Real Madrid defender Marcelo breaks COVID-19 travel restrictions

Real Madrid star Marcelo is facing a fine for breaking the travel restrictions currently in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Real Madrid defender Marcelo breaks COVID-19 travel restrictions

The Valencian regional government have since confirmed it has opened an investigation into him.

The confirmation followed the player himself posting a photo with his family at the Malvarrosa beach in Valencia on social media.

Current travel restrictions mean that it is prohibited for a resident of Madrid to leave the Comunidad de Madrid. All entry in the Comunidad Valenciana from other parts of Spain is also forbidden. For Marcelo to have posted a picture from the beach, it suggests that he would have broken both of these travel regulations that have been put in place to slow the spread of the virus.

Sources from the Valencian government have described the behaviour of the 32-year-old as "showing a lack of solidarity" and that it is "anti-social".

Fines for breaking the coronavirus travel restrictions in the region range from €60 to €600 in Spain, a country affected badly by the pandemic has been unable to allow for a great amount of travel due to its high infection rates.

Travel is incredibly important to the European nation, with reports stating that €178 billion can be attributed to the tourism sector in Spain as of 2018 and had added a total of 2.9 million jobs.

Author: Jake Wilkin