Rest of World team triumph at Soccer Aid

Published Sunday, 08 June 2014
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Welsh actor Michael Sheen's Rest of the World team was victorious over an all-star England squad at the 2014 Soccer Aid charity match on Sunday.

Rest of World team triumph at Soccer Aid

Sheen, who left the game with an elbow injury after just 15 minutes, captained a team of former international football stars and celebrities at the sporting fundraiser at Old Trafford in Manchester.

The team's famous faces included Northern Ireland's Patrick Kielty, actors Sam Worthington, Jeremy Renner and James McAvoy, TV chef Gordon Ramsay, former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne, and Glee star Mark Salling.

The Rest of the World beat the England side 4-2 thanks to three goals from Dutch ex-pro Clarence Seedorf and one by Byrne.

The biennial event, organised by singer Robbie Williams, raises money for UNICEF UK.

Williams helped manage the 2014 England team, which included his former Take That bandmate Mark Owen, JLS star Marvin Humes, singer Olly Murs and actor Jack Whitehall, after ruling himself out of the action with a back injury.

By the time the final whistle blew viewers had pledged over £2million, which will be matched by the UK Government pound for pound, bringing the total to £4.2 million so far.

The final figure will be announced at a later date.

David Bull, Executive Director UNICEF UK: "Tonight at Soccer Aid we've shown how the power of sport can unite people to help save and change children's lives all over the world.

"As a result of the generosity of the British public, and the Aid Match from the UK Government, UNICEF will be able to get life-saving food, medicine and clean water to some of the world's most vulnerable children. We're incredibly grateful to everyone who donated tonight."

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Larry in Belfast wrote (231 days ago):
If that was a 'charity friendly' I would hate to see a 'serious' competitive match. The number of 'over the top' fouls was ridiculous. You certainly could not say that it was all 'good clean fun'.
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