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Tickets now on sale for Soccer Aid 2012, call 0161 444 2012 or visit itv.com/socceraid

Robbie Williams has been in Mexico City this week with UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, making a short film about some of the city’s most vulnerable children that will be shown during Soccer Aid on ITV 1, on May 27th 2012. Robbie was also joined on the trip by Jonathan Wilkes, co-founder of Soccer Aid.

The filming took place in some of the poorest parts of Mexico City, including in the slums of Iztapalapa. Robbie and Jonathan spent time with a five year old boy called Alberto, and his five brother and sisters, who live hand to mouth in cramped, dirty conditions and at risk of abuse and disease. They also visited a shelter which helps children and their families by giving them a safe place to sleep as well as clean water to drink and nutritious food to eat.

Robbie Williams said: "Meeting children in Mexico City really showed me how dangerous the world can be for a child and how hard it can be for them to even survive. Right now, children are suffering and it shouldn’t be like this.

Soccer Aid is so great because it helps children just like this, living unbelievably tough lives all around the world, to have a better future.  It’s also a brilliant football match, and I can tell you it’s going to be bigger and better than ever this year.  Why’s that?  Well, I’m definitely going to get the winner’s cup back from Michael Sheen.

Please, help make Soccer Aid 2012 the best one yet – come and join us at Old Trafford and support UNICEF’s vital work for children.”

Robbie will return to Old Trafford on May 27 to once again captain the England team for Soccer Aid 2012, with Michael Sheen as Rest of the World captain. An array of Hollywood stars, footballing heroes and some of the UK’s most famous faces will battle it out on the football pitch to win their team the title of Soccer Aid Champion 2012.

Money raised through profits from ticket sales and donations made by viewers during the match will go to UNICEF’s invaluable work helping children around the world. This will be the fourth Soccer Aid event, with the previous matches, held Wembley in 2008 and at Old Trafford in 2006 and 2010, raising £7.5 million in total for UNICEF’s for work.

To buy tickets for Soccer Aid go to itv.com/socceraid or call 0161 444 2012. All profits go directly to UNICEF.

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For more information please contact:

Alicia Jones, UNICEF UK press office - 0044 207 375 6117 / 0044 7958 058106 / aliciaj@unicef.org.uk

ABOUT SOCCER AID:

Soccer Aid is a celebrity football match and television programme which will be shown in the UK on ITV 1 on Sunday 27th May. This year’s event will be hosted by Dermot O’Leary and already confirmed to take part are Robbie Williams, Will Ferrell, Gerard Butler, Mike Myers, Michael Sheen and many more. Throughout the programme viewers will see short films showing examples of UNICEF’s work around the world. Money raised through profits from ticket sales and donations made by viewers during the match will go to UNICEF’s invaluable work helping save and change children’s lives around the world.

ABOUT UNICEF:

Soccer Aid is raising money for UNICEF to help save and change children’s lives across the globe. UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children in more than 190 countries. Together with our partners, UNICEF delivers health care, nutrition, education and protection to children in urgent need, while working with governments to ensure they deliver on their promise to protect and promote the rights of every child. UNICEF relies entirely on voluntary donations from individuals, governments, institutions and corporations, and is not funded by the UN budget.