Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has added a new tattoo to his ‘Clatt’s Tatts’ collection to encourage people to buy tickets for Soccer Aid for UNICEF this summer.
Clattenburg – who has refereed six Soccer Aid for UNICEF games since 2012 – already has tattoos celebrating his refereeing of the 2016 UEFA Champions League final and 2016 UEFA European Championships.
Now his left forearm bears a third inking: the official Soccer Aid for UNICEF logo, with information detailing where people can buy tickets! England vs Soccer Aid World XI FC will take place on Sunday June 12 at the London Stadium, Stratford.
Since 2006, when UNICEF UK Ambassador Robbie Williams co-founded the concept, Soccer Aid for UNICEF has raised over £60 million to help give children around the world a childhood full of games. Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2021, at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, raised a record £13million.
Mark Clattenburg said: “Well, I definitely did my part, didn’t I!? It’s a lot of fun and for a good cause, so I don’t mind. Now, I urge everyone to do their part – buy your tickets for this wonderful and extremely helpful event before they sell out – and they are selling out fast. All the ticket details you need are on my forearm, so check there for details! People stopped me in the street!
“I have been involved with Soccer Aid for UNICEF for years – and quite simply, it has been an absolute privilege. In fact, it’s humbling to be part of something that has raised £60m since its inception in 2006. Last year a record £13m was raised and I hope we can harvest even more this year.
The game will feature UNICEF UK Ambassador Robbie Williams singing his iconic ballad ‘Angels’ at half-time. It will also be a homecoming party for London 2012 heroes Usain Bolt and Sir Mo Farah, who both return to the London Stadium exactly 10 years after winning gold.
Other famous faces are expected to be announced in the coming weeks, but those announced so far include – for England, in full: Harry Redknapp (Manager), Liam Payne (Captain) Lucien Laviscount, Sir Mo Farrah , Tom Grennan, Mark Wright, Chunkz , Damian Lewis, Teddy Sheringham, David James, Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Fara Williams, Joe Cole, Alex Brooker and David Seaman (goalkeeping coach).
For Soccer Aid World XI FC: Arsène Wenger (Manager), Usain Bolt (Captain) Martin Compston, Steven Bartlett, Munya Chawawa, Kem Cetinay, Noah Beck, Lee Mack, Mo Gilligan, Chelcee Grimes, Patrice Evra, Cafu, Carli Lloyd , and Robbie Keane.
The live broadcast on ITV and STV will be hosted by UNICEF UK Ambassador Dermot O’Leary. Alex Scott is also returning as a field reporter. Soccer Aid fan favorite Maya Jama returns, as she offers her expert take on the game.
This year, there has never been a more difficult time for the children. Today, children face war, disasters and other crises in countries around the world. And it is children who are often the hardest hit – like the 7.5 million children currently affected by war in Ukraine. These children risk losing their homes, families and schools. They lose the ability to just be children.
Soccer Aid for UNICEF works hard to give children everywhere the carefree, playful childhood they deserve. Money raised from this year’s game could help UNICEF provide vaccines, tackle malnutrition and provide safe spaces to protect children in times of crisis.
Tickets for the game are on sale now via www.socceraid.org.uk/tickets with a family of four able to attend for just £60 – two adults and two children.