Soccer: English stars to aid disaster victims

Some of the biggest names in English football will take their talents to South Africa later this month.

Some of the biggest names in English football will take their talents to South Africa later this month.

The Football Association are sending a team of ambassadors to play a charity match against the South African Masters at King's Park Stadium, Durban, on June 28 in memory of the 43 fans who died in the Ellis Park disaster on April 11.

Executive director David Davies spoke of the sadness with which the FA learned of the disaster in Johannesburg.

He said: "Our sympathies go out to all the families of those who lost their lives.

"We have been in contact with Fifa to offer our support to South Africa and the other national associations affected, to share the lessons we ourselves have learned in the not too distant past."

"We believe that this match will demonstrate our support to SAFA as well as our respect towards those who died."

The 16-man squad of over-35s contains Ian Wright, Terry Butcher, Peter Beardsley, Chris Waddle and Gary Mabbutt - who between them amassed a total of 247 England caps - and will arrive in Durban on June 26.

The game is in a 52,000 capacity stadium, and the proceeds will go to the Ellis Park Disaster Fund and to the Nelson Mandela Children's fund in memory of the children who died in the incident.

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