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Soccer Aid: Usain Bolt ruptures Achilles in celebrity match at Stamford Bridge | UK News


Soccer Football - Soccer Aid for UNICEF - England v Soccer Aid World XI - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - June 9, 2024 Soccer Aid World XI's Usain Bolt reacts after sustaining an injury Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


Olympic sprinting legend Usain Bolt has revealed he ruptured his Achilles after being stretchered off in a charity football match in London.

The 37-year-old was injured in the second half of the Soccer Aid fixture at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

He had been captaining a World XI against an England select side which included former internationals such as Jermain Defoe and Theo Walcott.

Concern grew for the Jamaican when he went down while trying to break up an England attack.

Soccer Football - Soccer Aid for UNICEF - England v Soccer Aid World XI - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - June 9, 2024 Soccer Aid World XI's Usain Bolt is taken off on a stretcher after sustaining an injury Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
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Bolt was stretchered off at Stamford Bridge. Pic: Action Images/Reuters

He was stretched from the pitch before later confirming the extent of his injury in a post on Instagram.

The eight-time Olympic gold medallist is widely considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time and holds the world records in the 100 and 200 metres.

The Soccer Aid match was held for UNICEF and raised more than £15m, according to the organisers.

It took the figure past £100m for money raised since it was first staged in 2006.

First organised by singer Robbie Williams, its official website says Soccer Aid “brings the nation together to help children worldwide have the best possible start in life”.

After Sunday’s match, it added: “Every ticket bought, every donation made, every roar from the crowd has helped this year’s amount hit a record fundraising milestone of over £106m for children worldwide since UK ambassador Robbie Williams created Soccer Aid in 2006.”

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The match is said to be the biggest celebrity football match in the world involving two teams of professional and celebrity players.

England, which included Sir Mo Farah and Danny Dyer in their team, won the game 6-3.

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