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Law expert believes coronavirus may impact overseas recruitment by English clubs: Stephen O’Flaherty comments for The Irish Times

16 July 2020

New guidelines issued by the British Home Office this week have left the situation in sport largely unchanged ahead of the summer transfer window.

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