Soccer Aid: Why did Jose Mourinho floor Olly Murs in 2014 game?

Jose Mourinho wiped out Olly Murs in Soccer Aid 2014. But why did he do it?

Soccer Aid 2022 takes place on June 12 at Wembley Stadium.

The charity match sees an England XI take on a Rest of the World XI with all money raised going to Unicef, which supports projects helping children around the world.

Among the massive names that will feature this year include Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, Jamie Carragher, Gary Neville and Cafu.

Arguably the funniest moment in Soccer Aid history occurred in 2014 and it featured the legendary Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho was managing the Rest of the World side that year.

Despite it being a charity match, Mourinho was determined to do everything in his power for his side to emerge victorious.

Jose Mourinho ran onto the pitch and wiped out Olly Murs in Soccer Aid 2014. But why did he do it? Michael Sheen explained his actions.
Football – England v Rest of the World – Soccer Aid 2014 – Old Trafford – 8/6/14 Referee Phil Dowd takes Rest of the World manager Jose Mourinho to his seat Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Paul Currie Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

England were on a dangerous counter-attack in the ninth minute and the ball was played to Olly Murs.

But Mourinho made sure that the counter-attack was stopped in its tracks as he raced onto the pitch and wiped out the singer.

It was an incredible moment and you can watch it again below…

Mourinho was met with both jeers and applause from the crowd as he made his way back to the bench with a beaming smile on his face.

According to Michael Sheen, there was a good reason for Mourinho’s actions.

Sheen started the game for the Rest of the World that day. However, he fractured his elbow in training and was only going to play 10 minutes.

He was about to be replaced when England were countering. So, to ensure that the substitute was made and Sheen could emerge from the game unscathed, Mourinho resorted to desperate measures.

Sheen told the story in 2019. He explained: “I’d fractured my elbow in training and so I shouldn’t have played at all, but there was no way I was not going to play.

“So essentially they said they couldn’t insure me and I had to leave the day after to go to America to carry on filming the series I was doing. I had a week off to go and do this.

“I had to decide – Do I take the risk of playing in this match with a fractured elbow? – If it gets any worse, I’ll have to have pins it it and a surgery.

“No one knew. I didn’t tell anyone because I knew if I told anyone that would be it.

“I had to go up to the England team. So I went in there and I said ‘look lads, I’m really sorry to ask you this but I’ve got this fracture in my elbow and I’m in real trouble if anything happens.

“So I’m only going to play for like five, 10 minutes. That’s all I’m going to do, are you alright to take it easy on me until then?’

“They’re all like ‘yeah, yeah of course’. My opposite guy was Olly Murs. He was playing left wing.

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“I can see Olly Murs just going “hang on” and he’s got the ball and he’s coming up at me and I can see he’s not going to go easy any more and I’m there thinking ‘Oh no I’ve made a mistake here’ and just at that moment, Mourinho, comes on to the pitch and tackles Olly Murs.

“Everyone thought it was Mourinho being a clown. It wasn’t. It was him stopping my elbow getting smashed.

“So he did that it and it was very “ha ha” everyone loved it, very funny, and then I came off.

“And no one ever knew that was actually Mourinho possibly saving my career.”

Sheen made way for Martin Compston moments later.

It was a truly iconic Soccer Aid moment.

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