25 March 2020

Soccer Aid postponed until later in the year

Charity football match Soccer Aid has been postponed until later in the year.

The match was due to go ahead on June 6 at Old Trafford but has now been delayed due to the coronavirus.

Pop star and The Voice coach Olly Murs was due to be captain of the England team while Olympian Usain Bolt was heading up World XI FC. 

And this year's managers were Harry Redknapp and Sam Allardyce.

Freestyle footballer Liv Cooke and Love Island's Kem Cetinay were among those taking part.

The event raises money for Unicef. In a statement, the charity said: "Everyone connected with Soccer Aid for Unicef recognises that these are unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by coronavirus.

"In light of the current situation, the decision has been taken to postpone the Soccer Aid for Unicef match, which was originally scheduled for Saturday 6 June 2020. 

"The health and safety of the general public, Soccer Aid for Unicef fans and players is paramount. The postponement has been decided based on UK Government advice and consultation with many other event stakeholders, plus the football family.

"Whilst a new date has not yet been confirmed, several options are being explored. Soccer Aid for Unicef remains committed to holding an event later this year to raise vital funds and help children everywhere grow up happy, healthy and able to play.

"Tickets purchased for the original date will still be valid for the re-arranged match. Further updates will be provided as soon as they are available."

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