Soccer Charity Match: Mourinho takes out Olly Murs

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The £4.2 million raised by Soccer Aid will benefit Unicef.

It seems Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho isn’t a big fan of Olly Murs—at least not during a recent charity soccer match. At a Soccer Aid charity game, the 51-year-old coach ran onto the pitch and actually tackled the English star as his side threatened to launch a counter-attack in the game. Mourinho’s Rest of the World team beat England 4-2, with Westlife’s Nicky Byrne on the score sheet in a game that featured a mixture of celebrities and ex-footballers.

The event raised around £4.2m for the charity Soccer Aid. Welsh actor Michael Sheen led the Rest of the World football team. Sheen, 45, who as a talented 12-year-old turned down a place on Arsenal’s youth team while playing for Port Talbot side Baglan Boys’ Club, captained the winning side and said the match was every bit as important as the World Cup in Brazil, which starts this week, because of the cash it raised. Other stars on the team included celebrities such as Gordon Ramsey and actor James McAvoy.

The proceeds from the fundraiser go to the children’s organization Unicef to send food, medicine and clean water to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children. The event packed in a crowd of more than 65,000 at Old Trafford for the match.

Olly Murs said, “It was a great night. Jose [Mourinho] took me out on the line, I couldn’t believe that. But I was actually devastated to come off. It was just fantastic, 65,000 people. Amazing.”

After the Mourinho tackled Murs, he scampered back to his dugout with a mischievous grin. As both teams prepared for the match the day before, Murs had tweeted a picture of his first meeting with Mourinho.

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