Roman Kemp has pulled out of Saturday night’s Soccer Aid charity match after contracting coronavirus. The Capital FM presenter had trained with teammates hours before discovering the news
The Capital FM star took to social media on Friday to reveal that he had tested positive for the bug and would no longer be able to appear at Saturday’s fundraiser.
“I’m absolutely gutted. I’ve had a positive test come through so I won’t be playing at @SoccerAid tomorrow night,” the 28-year-old began a trio of tweets.
“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!”
The I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! star also thanked his colleagues for covering his early morning shift that morning, as he recovers at home.
“Big thanks as well to @aimeevivian & @itswillmanning for stepping in on Capital Breakfast this morning.
“Gonna try and get back on air from Monday live from my bed.”
The radio star then went on to encourage his 280,400 Twitter followers to get the coronavirus vaccine.
“AND am just extremely grateful that I have had BOTH vaccine jabs before catching this,” he confessed in his final tweet.
“If you’re still wondering if you should get it please please do.”
Roman’s positive coronavirus test could leave the entire Soccer Aid competition in jeopardy, but bosses are reportedly making sure they’re keeping everyone involved safe.
Prior to discovering he had contracted the virus, Roman had trained with his teammates on Thursday, including Mark Wright, Yungblud and Paddy McGuinness.
After testing positive on Friday, the media personality isolated from the rest of his team but there are still concerns over if the virus has spread.
“It is worrying for everyone involved in Soccer Aid however as Roman was training with a lot of the players yesterday and has been in close contact with so many people,” a source told The Sun.
““Keeping the teams and those working on Soccer Aid Covid-safe is the organisers’ top priority.”
Alex Scott and Dermot O’Leary are the presenting team due to host Saturday night’s Soccer Aid match.
Played at Manchester City’s ground, the Etihad stadium, a number of famous faces will take to the pitch for the annual charity match.
David James, Ashley Cole, Paul Scholes Emile Heskey and Jamie Redknapp are just a few of the legendary footballers who will make up the celebrity players.
Jamie’s dad Harry Redknapp returns as Manager of the Soccer Aid World XI FC, with Micah Richards joining the England coaching team with David Seaman as goalkeeping coach.
Love Island star Kem Cetinay, James Arthur, Tom Grennan, Olly Murs, Mark Wright, Paddy McGuinness and Chunkz are all confirmed as the stars set to lace up their football boots on Saturday night.
Maya Jama will be returning as a pundit and will be reporting live from the star-studded pitch.
Soccer Aid will air on ITV at 7.30pm on Saturday night.