Games for Grenfell Tower and Bradley Lowrey

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - INTERNATIONAL SPORT - By Kevin Rear­don

Time is not for wast­ing, even if you hap­pen to be José Mourhino

There were two very spe­cial games of foot­ball that took place in Eng­land dur­ing the first week­end of Septem­ber. On Satur­day, Septem­ber 1 the sur­vivors of the Grenfell Tower block tragedy joined celebri­ties and fire­fight­ers at Queens Park Rangers' Lof­tus Road sta­dium, just a mile from the block in North Kens­ing­ton.

The game was or­gan­ised by Queens Park Rangers chair­man Tony Fer­nan­des, di­rec­tor of foot­ball Les Fer­di­nand and Ferdy Unger-Hamilton of Columbia Records. The trio hoped the game would "in­spire hope for those af­fected".

On the fol­low­ing day, 215 miles north of Lof­tus Road, Katie Price led The Low­ery Le­gends to vic­tory against Bradley’s Blues in an emo­tional clash at Good­i­son Park that cel­e­brated the life of Bradley Low­ery, the six year old boy who died in July af­ter cap­tur­ing the hearts of mil­lions, when he was a mas­cot for Ever- ton, Sun­der­land and Eng­land last year.

Both of the matches had very real sig­nif­i­cance for ev­ery­one in­volved in­clud­ing the ref­eree at both matches. Hav­ing trav­elled over from Cabo Roig (Ori­hiela Costa) Mark Halsey was rep­re­sent­ing the me­dia plat­form "you-are-the-ref.com"

In 2009, the for­mer Pre­mier League ref­eree un­der­went chemo­ther­apy to treat a can­cer­ous tu­mour in his throat. He re­turned to ref­er­ee­ing in the topflight in 2010, fi­nally re­tir­ing from the league's list of Se­lect Group Ref­er­ees at the end of the 2012–13 sea­son.

Mark de­scribed the ex­pe­ri­ence as over­whelm­ing, ap­plaud­ing ev­ery­one who was in­volved in the two games. He es­pe­cially picked out 'The Spe­cial One', José Mour­inho, who came on as a sec­ond half sub­sti­tute dur­ing the Game 4 Grenfell, say­ing that 'many peo­ple just don’t ap­pre­ci­ate the com­pas­sion­ate side to the man.'

He said that ref­er­ee­ing the two games ‘was a gen­uine hon­our and some­thing that will stand out amongst the high- lights of my ref­er­ee­ing ca­reer.’

Lit­tle com­pas­sion to José on the day how­ever, as Mark booked the Manch­ester United man­ager for time wast­ing.

Mark now moves on to the next pro­ject in his busy sched­ule as he looks for­ward with ‘You Are The Ref ’ to ref­er­ee­ing the high­est game of foot­ball ever played at the sum­mit of Mount Kil­i­man­jaro next month.

This will be the WORLD RECORD and place the char­ity, who are rais­ing aware­ness and funds for The Steve Prescott Can­cer Foun­da­tion, into the record books - see www. steveprescot­tfoun­da­tion.co.uk

If you would like to do­nate to­wards the foun­da­tion fol­low the link to Mark Halsey at: www.justgiv­ing.com/com­pany teams/SPFKili2017

To­gether we can all help to FIGHT CAN­CER!

Halsey with Mourhino

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