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Kirsty Gallacher quits Soccer Aid after 10 years as host with Dermot O’Leary

Kirsty Gallacher has stepped down from her role on Soccer Aid (Picture: Getty)

Kirsty Gallacher has quit as host of Soccer Aid after a decade of hosting the charity fundraiser alongside Dermot O’Leary. 

The TV presenter made the announcement on Instagram, saying that she ‘loved every minute’ of the Unicef celebrity football game, but felt like it was the ‘right time’ to move on. 

In the announcement, she wrote: ‘I’ve loved every minute of my experience on [Soccer Aid], it’s been fabulous to work with [Dermot], such an amazing team and all the brilliant players that have kindly given up their time to take part. 

‘We’ve raised an incredible amount of money over the years but I can confirm I’m stepping down because of a new project that will prevent me from taking part – it feels like the right time after ten years and following a record breaking year in 2020. 

‘I will take away many fond memories and feel personally proud that in addition to the money raised from the match, myself and [Rachel Riley] also raised £160k for [Unicef] on The Chase – a charity that will always remain close to my heart.’ 

The annual event, where two competing celebrity teams go head-to-head, has raised more than £38million for Unicef since it first launched in 2006. 

First created by Robbie Williams and Freddy Shepherd, the friendly game sees a UK team go up against the Rest Of The World. 

Iconically, late football legend Maradona has previously taken part, with Paul Gascoigne, Jamie Redknapp and John Barnes also stepping into the ‘legends’ slot over the course of the series run.

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