BT Sport have confirmed they will be showing live coverage of Rio Ferdinand's testimonial at Old Trafford next month.
The match between Manchester United and Sevilla will be shown in 170 countries, and takes place on August 9, just two days before the Community Shield against Wigan Athletic at Wembley Stadium.
A number of famous faces are expected to play their part, and Olympic gold medallist athlete Usain Bolt has already been signed up to play in the friendly.
It is being played as a tribute to the 34-year-old's 11 years of service to the Red Devils, and he has made 432 appearances for the club since signing for what was at the time the British transfer record £30m fee from Leeds United in 2002.
Having recently signed a one-year contract extension, the London-born centre-back is looking forward to being the latest United player to have a testimonial, following Gary Neville and Paul Scholes being given the same honour in 2011.
He said in a press release sent to GiveMeSport: “Manchester United is a unique club with fans in every corner of the globe so I am delighted that my testimonial is going to be so widely available to all of the club’s supporters in so many countries.
"It is going to be a fantastic and fun evening and there will be famous sporting faces and celebrities popping up all over the place, so it should be an incredible night.”
BT being given live rights to the game is part of an agreement with the former England international, where he will be working for them as an interviewer and pundit as part of their Premier League football coverage next season.
“We are delighted to be associated with a huge star like Rio in all the different ways he is featuring on BT Sport and we are thrilled that his testimonial is going to be live on BT Sport," added Simon Green, head of BT Sport, in the press release sent to GiveMeSport.
“To mark this special occasion, we’ve put together a groundbreaking plan to help make this game available to millions of fans across the globe, and it is something of a technology first for a game to be streamed live on this scale.”
The clash, which takes place on August 9th, is available to so many courtesy of Streamworks’ global streaming operation, which will be broadcasting the game live at www.riotestimonial.com.
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