Niall Horan Charity Football Challenge Raises over £300,000

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One Direction showed their charitable side at the football match, helping to raise £300,000.
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One Direction star Harry Styles joked with Piers Morgan during a charity football match organized by One Direction band mate Niall Horan. Piers, who was on the opposite team, was standing at the touchline when his bandmate snuck up behind him and tugged on his shorts before running off.

Styles added to the insult by scoring the only goal for his band mate Niall Horan’s team, leaving the score a 1-1 tie and sending the match to penalties. Luckily for Piers, the game went into a final shootout–which his team eventually won. The Niall Horan Charity Football Challenge was held at the King Power Stadium, which is home to the Leicester City Football Club. The event was organized by Niall Horan and brought together a mishmash of Irish and British celebrities to raise money for charity. Thousands of fans turned out for the game, which was raising money for Irish Autism Action and Hearts and Minds Challenge.

Piers Morgan led a team including Boyzone singer Keith Duffy and football players Robbie Savage and Jason McAteer while Horan’s team included Styles, singer Ronan Keating, comedian Kack Whitehall and actor James Corden. Over £300,000 was raised at the inaugural match. Over 15,500 tickets were sold for the event.

“Although my team didn’t win, I still enjoyed every minute of this game”, said Niall Horan. I would like to thank all the players who donated their time free of charge to support this event.  I am looking forward to making this even bigger and better next year. I am delighted we have raised significant funds for Irish Autism Action which is based in my home town of Mullingar, UK based Heart and Minds Challenge and the Leicester Foxes Foundation.”

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