Mourinho fumbles in charity game

Substitute goalkeeper Jose Mourinho fails to stop the winning spot kick in an all-star charity game to benefit the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire. Les Ferdinand's team defeated Alan Shearer's side 3-2 on Saturday, in a match that was projected
Substitute goalkeeper Jose Mourinho fails to stop the winning spot kick in an all-star charity game to benefit the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire. Les Ferdinand's team defeated Alan Shearer's side 3-2 on Saturday, in a match that was projected to raise a six-figure sum.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Jose Mourinho was booed, booked and beaten by a rock band bassist as he played his part alongside a host of celebrities, stars of other sports, and former footballers in a charity match to raise money for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in June.

Olympic champion Mo Farah, England's rugby World Cup winner Ben Cohen, singers Olly Murs and Marcus Mumford, actor Damian Lewis and comedian Lee Mack all made appearances in a match between teams managed by Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer on Saturday.

A sell-out crowd of 18,000 packed Queens Park Rangers' Loftus Road stadium, a kilometre from the tower, to watch the action, with the gate receipts, TV fee and donations expected to raise a six-figure sum. The funds will go to the survivors and the wider community affected by the fire, which claimed at least 80 lives.

It was a poignant homecoming for Lewis, the Homeland and Billions star.

"I grew up very close to here and play football in the shadow of the tower every week and have done so for 25 years," he said.

Lewis said he was "the midfield engine" with Farah doing "the tracking back", but it was the Olympic champion who opened the scoring for Ferdinand's side, firing past the former England goalkeeper David James.

Farah celebrated his goal with his signature "Mobot" pose, with his team-mates Peter Crouch, Jamie Redknapp and Ally McCoist all copying the gesture.

Manchester United manager Mourinho came off the bench to keep goal for Shearer's side, arriving to boos from the crowd.

He was booked for time-wasting by former Premier League referee Mark Halsey, then appealed for offside when Chris Edwards, bassist for the band Kasabian, tapped in to make the score 2-2.

The Portuguese failed to save a penalty in the shoot-out, in which Murs scored the winning goal for Team Ferdinand.

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