Footballer who was paralysed from hotel fall dies at 32 after being hit by train

A former Spanish football player who was paralysed by a fall from a hotel in 2018, has been run over and killed by a train.

Pelayo Novo played for Spanish sides Real Oviedo, Elche, Cordoba, CD Lugo, and Albacete throughout his career and also briefly turned out for Romanian side CFR Cluj. In 2018, Novo’s life and career changed forever when he fell from the third floor of a hotel when he was away with his team.

The horrific accident not only ended his football career but it also left him paralysed and requiring the use of a wheelchair. But after many years of inspiring people with his story, Novo has died aged 32.

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Reports from Spanish outlet El Comercio understand he was run over by a train on the Renfe line that operates between the Spanish city of Oviedo and the Northern province of Siero.

As well as his football career, the 32-year-old had become a huge ambassador for professional and aspiring disabled athletes in his country.

Novo discovered a love for wheelchair tennis and even became a member of the board of directors of the Asturian Tennis Federation. He was also very active in competitions and played at the Open de Catalunya most recently.

“It forces us to leave the house,” Novo said in an inspirational interview with El Comercio. “This allows people not to lock themselves between the four walls of their room.

“There is life outside and we have the right and the obligation to live it as others do.” His inspirational work also saw his former side Real Oviedo award him their prestigious ‘Herrerita Award’ on the club’s 96th anniversary. They were also amongst the first to highlight their shock and condolences about the news.

“With a broken heart. We deeply regret the death of Pelayo Novo, captain of our Foundation,” the Spanish club tweeted. “Family, friends: we are with you. Rest in peace Pelayo.”

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