Soccer Aid fundraisers have been accused of “deafness” after throwing a lavish showbiz-style party just after calling for funds to help children affected by poverty, famine and war in Ukraine.
Several celebrities who participated in last Sunday’s charity game were “shocked” by the decision to host the party at London’s exclusive five-star Nobu Hotel for tens of thousands of pounds.
Stars in attendance included Idris Elba, Line Of Duty actress Vicki McClure, One Direction star Liam Payne and former English footballer Teddy Sheringham.
While the DJs played, guests were treated to free drinks until Monday morning.
‘Duty Duty’ actress Vicky McClure was among the celebrities at the lavish Soccer Aid party, which was dubbed ‘deaf’ for being held just hours after Ukraine’s fundraiser.
Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina also attended an after-party at the exclusive Nobu Hotel.
Liam Payne was spotted at a Soccer Aid party early Monday morning.
Ian Stirling, Love Island’s narrator, was also seen leaving the party with his wife, Laura Whitmore, who is presenting the ITV2 show.
Soccer Aid, which raises money for Unicef, was shown on ITV and the match was interspersed with films encouraging viewers to donate.
In one of them, actor Damian Lewis shared stories of Ukrainian children who are in desperate need of help.
Former TOWIE actor James Argent attended a party funded by corporate sponsors.
Teddy Sheringham and Christina Andrioti were seen among the guests of the lavish party.
Actor James Nesbit was seen at the Nobu Hotel just hours after the Soccer Aid fundraiser.
Public donations did not go to the party, which was funded by corporate sponsors.
But some celebs wondered if their support would not be better channeled to a charity rather than pay the bill for a party at a venue where cocktails cost up to £17 each.
One source said, “Some of the players who took part in the game were genuinely stunned that such a big event happened after that and was clearly worth the money.”
“When there are people in Ukraine who have become homeless, it all seems completely deaf.
“You have to wonder if people have taken the time to think about where the money is coming from and if it could be put to better use.
“A big deal has been made to raise money for those affected by the war, so it seems rather out of place to have big drinking parties with celebrities while this is going on.”
Love Island host Laura Whitmore and her husband Ian Stirling stayed until 4am.
The Mail on Sunday could also report that staff involved in the event were staying free of charge at Champneys, a spa hotel before the match, where rooms typically cost upwards of £160 a night.
The cost was again covered by sponsors rather than public donations. The match, which was played at West Ham’s home stadium in London, earned UNICEF £15.6 million.
The sponsors are JD Sports, Primark, delivery company Evri and Nobu itself. The party is known to have been hosted by Cheshire event planner Julie Perry, who has worked at the weddings of several Manchester United players.
Soccer Aid reported last night that the party was held as a thank you to those who attended for free.
A spokesman said: “One hundred percent of Soccer Aid’s donations go to support the vital work of Unicef.
“The party that followed the conclusion of the match and its organization was entirely financed by third-party sponsors.”
Andriy Shevchenko and Usain Bolt of World XI won the prize after winning 4-1 on penalties.
Last Sunday’s Soccer Aid match played at West Ham brought in £15.6m for UNICEF.
Launched in 2006, Soccer Aid has raised over £75 million. In last weekend’s match, Arsene Wenger’s World XI beat England, coached by Harry Redknapp, on penalties after drawing 2-2 in regular time.
Payne captained England alongside former Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt who was to lead the opposition.
But shortly before the start of the match, Bolt made a touching gesture, handing the captain’s armband to Ukrainian football legend Andriy Shevchenko.