Roman Kemp pulls out of Soccer Aid after testing positive for COVID-19

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Photo credit: Capital FM
Photo credit: Capital FM

TV and radio presenter Roman Kemp has announced that he will not make it to the pitch for this year's Soccer Aid after a positive COVID test.

The charity game, which is scheduled to take place tomorrow night (September 4) at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium, sees former professionals and celebrities in a friendly game to raise money for Unicef.

Taking to his socials on Friday, Kemp announced: "I'm absolutely gutted. I've had a positive test come through so I won’t be playing at @SoccerAid tomorrow night.

"I'll be cheering from a sofa and hope that everyone donates as much as they can for the cause. Come on Soccer Aid World XI FC!"

Photo credit: Capital FM
Photo credit: Capital FM

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The Capital FM host, 28, also added: "Big thanks as well to [Aimee Vivian and Will Manning] for stepping in on Capital Breakfast this morning. Gonna try and get back on air from Monday live from my bed.

"AND am just extremely grateful that I have had BOTH vaccine jabs before catching this. If you’re still wondering if you should get it please please do," Kemp encouraged his fans.

Among a slew of well-wishes from his fans, some of Kemp's celebrity friends also made an appearance in the comments.

Radio X's Toby Tarrant joked: "The lengths you'll go to just to avoid having to mark Mo Farah are shocking mate (Get well soon x)."

Mrs Browns Boys star Danny O'Carroll wrote: "Aww sorry to hear that buddy, you must be absolutely gutted. Hope you're not feeling too bad."

Photo credit: Roman Kemp - Instagram
Photo credit: Roman Kemp - Instagram

Kemp was in the starting line-up for the Rest of the World team, alongside Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, popstars Tom Grennan, Dermot Kennedy, Chelcee Grimes, former Love Islander Kem Cetinay, fellow presenter Ore Oduba, comedian Lee Mack, Line of Duty's Martin Compston, singer Yungblud and rapper Big Zuu, and former pro-footballers Roberto Carlos, Patrice Evra, Nigel De Jong, Pablo Zabaleta, Shay Given, Ingrid Moe Wald, Wes Morgan, Clarence Seedorf, Darren Fletcher and Julie Fleeting. Harry Redknapp takes on managing duties for the team.

Playing for England are Olly Murs, legendary runner Sir Mo Farah, popstars James Arthur, presenters Paddy McGuinness and Masked Singer's Joel Dommett, YouTuber Chunkz, TOWIE's Mark Wright, rapper Aitch, Olympic Gymnast Max Whitlock, singer James Bay, and ex-pros Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Jamie Redknapp, Fara Williams, Kelly Smith, David James, Jamie Carragher, Joe Cole and Shaun Wright-Phillips, under the management of Sven-Göran Eriksson.

Dermot O'Leary will be the host of the event – as he has done since 2010 – with Alex Scott joining his as a debutant pundit for the event Alex Scott.

Soccer Aid airs on ITV on Saturday, September 4 from 6:30pm with kick-off at 7:30pm.

The information in this story is accurate as of the publication date. While we are attempting to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to develop rapidly, so it's possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since publishing. For any concerns and latest advice, visit the World Health Organisation. If you're in the UK, the National Health Service can also provide useful information and support, while US users can contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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