Coronavirus: Soccer Aid postponed until later in year due to growing crisis

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Soccer Aid’s organisers have postponed this summer’s charity game at Old Trafford due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The match featuring celebrities and football greats has been running since 2006, raising more than £38million for Unicef to help children all over the world.

Soccer Aid secured a record-breaking £7.9m at Stamford Bridge last year and was slated for a return to Old Trafford on June 6.

However, the escalating Covid-19 outbreak has seen organisers announce the postponement of the England against Soccer Aid World XI FC clash until later in 2020.

A statement read: “The health and safety of the general public, Soccer Aid for Unicef fans and players is paramount.

Usain Bolt scored as the World Eleven won last year’s event at Stamford Bridge

“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.”

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire, who made a guest appearance at the 2019 event, took to Twitter to share the news, writing: “Due to the current situation, this year’s @socceraid for @UNICEF_uk match at Old Trafford on 6 June has been postponed until later in the year.

The event is due to take place at Old Trafford again this year

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“Please follow the Government’s advice, stay safe & help support the NHS & those affected by the coronavirus.”

The likes of Olly Murs, Lee Mack and Russell Howard are due to represent the England XI, with Sam Allardyce the manager, while Usain Bolt, Gordon Ramsay and Kem Cetinay are lined up to take part for the Rest of the World XI, with Harry Redknapp overseeing the action.

Former footballers such as Roberto Carlos, Patrice Evra and Jaap Stam are also set to play.



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