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Clive Tyldesley sacked by Soccer Aid bosses after fat-shaming remarks


Experienced commentator Clive Tyldesley has reportedly been sacked by Soccer Aid bosses for his fat-shaming remarks during ITV’s coverage of the event recently.

Soccer Aid 2020 took place on September 6 at Old Trafford behind closed doors as celebrities and legends took to the hallowed turf at the Theatre of Dreams.

The charity match raised more than £11million for global aid charity Unicef.

England ended up losing the game to the Soccer Aid World XI on penalties after an entering 1-1 draw.

But the attention of the viewers wasn’t always on the footballing action after Tyldesley made some rather untoward remarks about some of the participants.

Clive Tyldesley still commentates on Premier League matches for Amazon Prime while he is also the voice for RangersTV

The ITV legend’s comments and comedian Tom Davis and entertainer Chunkz have come in for heavy criticism, leaving bosses with no choice but to axe him from the role, according to the Sun.

One of his remarks about Chunkz was that he is so big you could “take guided tours around him”.

It’s thought that the YouTube star and rapper was left very upset in the changing rooms after being told what was said.

Chunkz was said to have been left upset by Tyldesley’s comments

There were also accusations that Tyldesley mixed some players up whilst commentating on the match.

An insider told The Sun: “Clive’s been told he won’t be back for next year’s Soccer Aid because of the comments he made. It was clear that while Clive thought he was just having a laugh, no one really found his jokes funny, let alone Tom and Chunkz who bore the brunt of them.

“Soccer Aid raises millions for children and is watched by kids and young people across the UK. Having them listen to someone like Clive then mocking players for their weight seems totally unacceptable.

“People made their voices heard on social media and the bosses at Soccer Aid listened.

“Clive understands why he won’t be back.

“And it will be put forward as them bringing in new blood when it comes to the commentators on next year’s game.”

Tyldesley was demoted by ITV back in June after 22 years as the broadcaster’s senior commentator.





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Wayne Rooney ‘made crude joke about his sex life’ at Soccer Aid party


Wayne Rooney made a very rude joke about his sex life with wife Coleen – or lack of it – at a Soccer Aid party, it has been claimed.

According to The Sun, Wayne let loose as he mingled with celebs at astar-studded bash that followed the annual charity football match held earlier this month.

A source said of Rooney, who has been married to childhood sweetheart Coleen for 12 years: “The party was in full swing and Wayne clearly enjoyed himself when he got there. He was very relaxed. One of the runners chatted to him and then went around saying she heard Wayne say he had not had sex for ages.

Wayne and Coleen have been married for 12 years

“She said she was unsure if he was joking or not but he probably was. She then went off and repeated it to a group of people, including members of the production and Unicef teams. Most people were laughing about it,” they claimed.

Wayne, 34, is said to be drinking with guests including comedian Jason Manford and ex footballers Robbie Keane and Wes Brown, who were also involved in the Unicef event at Old Trafford.

“No one took it too seriously and some questioned if the runner had her wires crossed. But Wayne was being gossiped about, whatever happened,” the source added.

Wayne Rooney stands alongside Harry Maguire ahead of Soccer Aid 2020

While another source told the paper that Wayne did not make the comment.

Mirror Online has contacted representatives of Wayne for comment.

The allegations come after Manchester City legend Yara Toure made a public apology for an ‘inappropriate joke’ he made that saw him dropped by the charity event days before kick off.

A report claimed the 37-year-old star was asked to leave the team hotel after posting content on a group message chat which offended his fellow squad members.

Toure was due to play for the Rest of the World team but was told his services were no longer required.

He later admitted his mistake and apologised on social media.


“I would like to apologise to everyone involved in Soccer Aid for an inappropriate joke I deeply regret,” he wrote.

“It was meant as a joke however I lacked thorough consideration for the feelings of other participants.

“That being said I deleted the jokes within minutes and I immediately apologised to all inside the group.

We gather for a good cause and this deviates the focus of the game which is to bring everyone together to help children around the world.

“It’s sad to see an inappropriate joke I made attract the attention which should be fully devoted to the beauty of the charity game.

“Regardless of the circumstances, I want to take full responsibility. I am a grown man who should not be engaged in such jokes.

“I am very sorry for my mistake and I wish everyone all the best with Soccer Aid on Sunday in raising awareness and funds for important causes.”





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ITV apologise after getting Soccer Aid 2020 fundraising total wrong by over £2m


ITV have blamed an “administrative error” after overstating their Soccer Aid fundraising total by over £2million and apologised for their mistake.

The charity match saw a Rest of the World XI beat England XI on penalties after the game took place behind closed doors at Old Trafford.

A total of £11.5million raised for Unicef was announced on air by hosts Dermot O’Leary and Kirsty Gallacher.

But the broadcaster have now released a statement confirming the final total was actually £9.3million.

They apologised for their error but hailed what remains a record-breaking total for the annual event.

ITV issued an apology after getting the final figure from Soccer Aid fundraising wrong

A statement posted on social media read: “Last Sunday’s Soccer Aid event was watched by millions on ITV whose donations contributed to a record fundraising total which will help Unicef provide a better start in life for young people in need across the world.

“Regrettably, due to an administrative error within ITV, the total figure raised of £11.5m announced on air by ITV at the end of Sunday night’s Soccer Aid for Unicef was incorrect.

“The total amount of money raised by the end of the show as £9.3m. This is still the largest sum raised in Soccer Aid for Unicef history – beating the £6.7m raised in 2019.

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“ITV would like to apologise fully for this error, which should not detract from the commitment made by all those involved, including Unicef, the players, coaching staff, production and all supporting partners, as well as the huge generosity of the public, who we would like to thank again for making the event such a success.

“As previously planned, all donation platforms will remain open until Tuesday 6th October and ITV will continue to promote the event on air and online to deliver the highest possible final total.”

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Harry Maguire returns to Man Utd training as forgotten man also makes comeback


Harry Maguire returned to training at Carrington for the first time on Monday since his ill-fated trip to Mykonos, as Manchester United ramp up plans for the new Premier League season.

Maguire had been set to be on England duty alongside United youngster Mason Greenwood this week.

But having initially been named in the squad by Gareth Southgate last month, he was duly dropped after a Greek court found Maguire guilty of repeated bodily harm, attempted bribery, and violence against public employees.

The 27-year-old was handed a suspended prison sentence of 21 months and 10 days but the Manchester United captain has been granted a full retrial after appealing the convictions.

Maguire is due to return to the Three Lions squad in October, with Southgate confirming last week: “It’s been a really difficult period for him and I think the last few days have been very important for him to be able to relax and get away from all the attention.

“I think he needed that switch off and he’ll be able to go back to his club, and absolutely we would be looking to involve him in October.”

Harry Maguire made his first return to United’s AON Training Complex on Monday

Maguire had been present at Old Trafford on Sunday night, where he watched Soccer Aid, as an England XI compromising football legends and celebrities lost on penalties to a World XI after a 1-1 draw.

The Red Devils captain, 27, is not the only defender to recently make his return to the club’s training ground either.

Also pitching up, back after his loan deal in Argentina with Estudiantes, was Marcos Rojo.

Rojo’s future remains in doubt

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The left-sided defender made his return on Saturday after an ill-fatted stint in his homeland, where he returned for match practice only to see coronavirus wreck his hopes of regular action.

His long-term future continues to look set to be away from Old Trafford, and Rojo admitted last month: “I will see in September if the loan can be extended and continue for a few more months.”

Will Chris Smalling get his move to Roma?

However, he could follow Chris Smalling in moving to Italy with Lazio eyeing a potential £7million move.

Smalling is keen to head back to Rome with Roma, having impressed on loan at the Studio Olimpico in 2019-20.

The Giallorossi and United chiefs are currently in negotiations over a potential permanent deal.

United kick off their season on September 19, against Crystal Palace.

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Soccer Aid 2020 LIVE – England vs World XI: TV channel and live stream



England team

Starting XI: David James, John Bishop, Wes Brown, John Terry, Mark Wright, Gareth Barry, Katie Chapman, Danny Jones, Olly Murs (captain), Kelly Smith, Tom Davis

Subs: Alfie Allen, Chunkz, James Bay, Ashley Cole, Andrew Cole, Yung Filly, Joe Cole, Emile Heskey, Marvin Humes, Joel Dommett, Lee Mack, Paddy McGuinness, Joe Wicks





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Soccer Aid 2020 LIVE – England vs World XI: TV channel and live stream details



It’s that time of year again when some of your best-loved celebrities take to the field with a host of footballing greats in the name of charity.

Yes Soccer Aid is back for another installment to raise money for Unicef and as always it promises to make for compelling viewing.

Where else can you see pop star Olly Murs trying to seek out ex-Man Utd ace Andy Cole in the box?

Or former Three Lions no.1 David James saving from comedian Jason Manford?

This year there’s a huge name in the dugout too as Wayne Rooney leads the England team with the help of Sam Allardyce, while Harry Redknapp is in charge of the World XI team.

England will be hoping to bounce back from their penalties defeat in 2019, and the match is being screened live on ITV and available to stream via the ITV hub, with kick-off scheduled shortly after coverage begins at 6:30pm.

Follow all the action as it happens below on Mirror Football’s live blog.





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Soccer Aid confirmed starting lineups as England take on World XI


Soccer Aid have announced the starting lineups and substitutes for this evening’s clash between England and Soccer Aid World XI.

The annual charity game kicks off at Old Trafford at 6:30pm having been rescheduled after the coronavirus pandemic ruled out the possibility of playing the match on the original date of 6 June.

No fans will be in attendance but the game returns to its usual venue – the Theatre of Dreams – where all but two of the previous Soccer Aid matches have taken place.

Organisers are aiming to add to the £38million raised for UNICEF since the first Soccer Aid match took place in 2006.

Soccer Aid has raised £38million for UNICEF

Former Three Lions manager Sam Allardyce returns to take charge of England after managing the side in the 2019 edition of Soccer Aid.

But he will not be alone, as Derby County captain and England icon Wayne Rooney will also be in the dugout in his first foray into management.

In the other technical area, managerial great Harry Redknapp takes charge of the Soccer Aid World XI and will be assisted by former England captain Bryan Robson.

Who will come out on top in this evening’s Soccer Aid clash? Have your say here.

Soccer Aid World XI emerged victorious after a penalty shoot-out last year

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Without further ado, here are the teams…

England

Starting XI

David James

John Bishop

Wes Brown

John Terry (unveiled as the mystery centre-back)

Mark Wright

Gareth Barry

Katie Chapman

Danny Jones

Olly Murs (captain)

Kelly Smith

Tom Davis

Substitutes

Alfie Allen

Chunkz

James Bay

Ashley Cole

Andrew Cole

Yung Filly

Joe Cole

Emile Heskey

Marvin Humes

Joel Dommett

Lee Mack

Paddy McGuinness

Joe Wicks

Soccer Aid World XI

Starting XI

Shay Given

Mo Gilligan (captain)

Locksmith

Mikael Silvestre

Patrice Evra

Michael Essien

Dermot Kennedy

Jeremy Lynch

Chelcee Grimes

Lianne Sanderson

Serge Pizzorno

Substitutes

Kem Cetinay

Santan Dave

Claude Makelele

Julie Fleeting

Jason Manford

Iain Stirling

Darren Fletcher

Ore Oduba

Robbie Keane

Roman Kemp

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Soccer Aid 2020 TV channel, kick-off time, line-ups and more


Soccer Aid is back for its ninth edition as the charity football match gears up for a behind-closed-doors extravaganza at Old Trafford.

Former players and celebrities alike will once again go head-to-head as an England XI take on their Rest of the World counterparts.

Manchester United and England record goal scorer Wayne Rooney will be one of the managers for the England side, despite still playing professionally with Derby County.

Lockdown hero Joe Wicks is one of Rooney’s players, while Olly Murs makes a return after missing last year’s game through a knee injury.

Here’s all you need to know ahead of the match…

The Rest of the World side came out on top last year

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When is Soccer Aid?

Soccer Aid 2020 will take place at Old Trafford on Sunday September 6.

Television coverage begins at 6.30pm.

What channel is it on?

The match will be broadcast live on ITV.

It can be live streamed via ITV Hub, alternatively you can follow it live right here on Mirror Football.

What are the teams?

England

Managers: Sam Allardyce, Wayne Rooney, Bradley Walsh

Celebrities: Olly Murs, Joe Wicks, Joel Dommett, Marvin Humes, James Bay, Liv Cooke, Alfie Allen, John Bishop, Chunkz, Yung Filly, Paddy McGuinness, Mark Wright, Danny Jones, Lee Mack, Tom Davis

Professionals: Kelly Smith, David James, Wes Brown, Andy Cole, Ashley Cole, Joe Cole, Katie Chapman, Gareth Barry, Emile Heskey, Michael Owen, Casey Stoney

Olly Murs is back in the fold for England

Rest of the World

Managers: Harry Redknapp, Bryan Robson, Vic Bettinelli

Celebrities: Kem Cetinay, Chelcee Grimes, Jason Manford, Dermot Kennedy, DJ Locksmith, Jeremy Lynch, Billy Wingrove, Ore Oduba, Mo Gilligan, Serge Pizzorno, Roman Kemp, Santan Dave, Iain Stirling

Professionals: Patrice Evra, Lianne Sanderson, Michael Essien, Darren Fletcher, Julie Fleeting, Shay Given, Robbie Keane, Claude Makelele, Mikael Silvestre





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Yaya Toure apologises after “inappropriate joke” sees him dropped by Soccer Aid


Former Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure has apologised for an “inappropriate joke” which resulted in him being dropped from this weekend’s Soccer Aid charity game.

A report claims the 37-year-old was asked to leave the team hotel after posting content on a group message chat which offended fellow squad members.

Toure has admitted his mistake and regrets the negative publicity which has deflected from Sunday’s fundraising game for children’s charity Unicef at Old Trafford.

“I would like to apologise to everyone involved in Soccer Aid for an inappropriate joke I deeply regret,” he wrote on Twitter.

“It was meant as a joke however I lacked thorough consideration for the feelings of other participants.

“That being said I deleted the jokes within minutes and I immediately apologised to all inside the group.

Yaya Toure has apologised for what he has called an “inappropriate joke”

“We gather for a good cause and this deviates the focus of the game which is to bring everyone together to help children around the world.

“It’s sad to see an inappropriate joke I made attract the attention which should be fully devoted to the beauty of the charity game.

“Regardless of the circumstances, I want to take full responsibility. I am a grown man who should not be engaged in such jokes.

“I am very sorry for my mistake and I wish everyone all the best with Soccer Aid on Sunday in raising awareness and funds for important causes.”

A spokesman for Soccer Aid told The Sun : “Inappropriate content was shared in a private group text. The message was quickly deleted and a full apology was made to all.

“Soccer Aid for Unicef has discussed the above with the individual involved and he has decided to no longer continue to participate in this year’s event.

“While it was an error of judgment, it was felt that the behaviour didn’t align with the values of the event and its cause, and it was the right thing for him to step back from this year’s match.”

Soccer Aid will be broadcast live on ITV from 6.30pm on Sunday evening.

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Yara Toure dropped by Soccer Aid over ‘inappropriate’ group WhatsApp message


Yaya Toure has reportedly been dropped by the Rest of the World team for this year’s Soccer Aid after allegedly offering to provide sex workers for his teammates to their hotel.

According to The Sun, the former Man City star posted a pornographic video into a team Whatsapp group which led to a number of complaints.

Toure, 37, is said to have bragged that he could bring 19 girls to the team hotel in Cheshire.

The Ivorian is married and has three children and was quick to delete the message he posted in the group before apologising.

But a number of his Soccer Aid teammates were females, while others are celebrities, and ITV took the decision to axe him from the show.

Yaya Toure has been dropped from the Rest of the World team for Soccer Aid
Yaya Toure has been dropped from the Rest of the World team for Soccer Aid

A spokesman for Soccer Aid told The Sun : “Inappropriate content was shared in a private group text. The message was quickly deleted and a full apology was made to all.

“Soccer Aid for Unicef has discussed the above with the individual involved and he has decided to no longer continue to participate in this year’s event.

“While it was an error of judgment, it was felt that the behaviour didn’t align with the values of the event and its cause, and it was the right thing for him to step back from this year’s match.”

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The Whatsapp group is said to have included former Man Utd defender Patrice Evra and female players Julie Fleeting, Lianne Sanderson and Chelcee Grimes, among others.

More than one complaint was made to organisers from ITV, and ex-England goalkeeper David James – who was also in the group – is believed to have been thoroughly annoyed by the scenario.

James and other players involved are reported to have asked for Toure to be removed from the event over the messages which they felt did not coincide with the ethos of the event.

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Rest of the World won the charity fixture last year
Rest of the World won the charity fixture last year

The match raises millions of pounds for Unicef each year and boasts a mixture of former professionals and celebrities.

James’ team for instance is managed by Wayne Rooney and contains the likes of singer Olly Murs, 36, presenter Mark Wright, 33, and actor Paddy McGuinness, 47.

Regardless of Toure’s comments, The Sun’s report adds that any attempts to bring women into the team hotel would have been denied due to strict rules around Covid-19.

The match is taking place on Sunday at Old Trafford.

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