This year’s Soccer Aid has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The annual match, which features celebrities, athletes and football icons, has raised more than £38million for charity Unicef to help children across the world.
Soccer Aid raised a record £7.9million in last year’s match at Stamford Bridge and the event was set to take place at Old Trafford on June 6.
However, the coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 450,000 people worldwide with the death toll reaching 20,000, has forced organisers to push the event back.
A statement read: “The health and safety of the general public, Soccer Aid for Unicef fans and players is paramount.
Give COVID-19 the red card
The quicker we work together to stop coronavirus spreading, the sooner we can get back into the pubs, the gyms and stadiums and arenas to see live sport again…
STAY AT HOME. Only leave for the following purposes:
- to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
- to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
- for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
- to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary
For more info and tips, visit the NHS website.
The government has also issued further detail on what we can do during lockdown.
Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.
“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.”
Singer Robbie Williams, who founded Soccer Aid in 2006, urged the public to follow the government’s guidelines concerning the coronavirus.
He said: “These are unprecedented times and the thoughts of everybody connected with Soccer Aid for Unicef are with everybody that is affected by coronavirus right now.
“Please, please, please follow the government’s advice and stay safe.”