Rangers TV commentator Clive Tyldesley has hit back at reports in a national newspaper that he has been sacked as commentator for Soccer Aid for Unicef.
It was reported that he had been asked to stand down after “a series of poor wise cracks” regarding comedian Tom Davis and rapper Chunkz during the most recent match which raised more than £9 million.
The match, played at Old Trafford, featured the likes of celebrities Joe Wicks, Olly Murs and Iain Stirling, as well as former footballers Joe Cole, Darren Fletcher and Michael Essien.
Tyldesley, who has become hugely popular with Rangers fans this season, posted a response from a Soccer Aid for Unicef spokesperson on his social media channels “correcting the false” story.
It read: “Soccer Aid for Unicef 2020 raised a record £9.3m, thanks to the generosity of the public. This was also made possible by the many celebrities and former professional footballers who all gave their time for free, amongst whom is the game’s commentator Clive Tyldesley. Clive has commentated on eight Soccer Aid for Unicef matches and everyone connected to the event is thakful to him for his continued support.
"Clive has not been sacked as Soccer Aid for unicef commentator. Where Clive – or any other member of talent – is concerned no decision has been taken on their respective involvement in future matches. This is normal protocol given planning for the next Soccer Aid for Unicef will only commence in 2021.”