Soccer Aid star Mark Wright sparks complaints over behaviour

13 Jun 2022, 11:14

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Soccer Aid player Mark Wright left viewers complaining last night with his behaviour during the charity fixture.

Former reality cast member Mark lined up alongside other celebrities for England as they took on a World XI squad.

But some viewers seemed to feel the husband of Michelle Keegan let his side down after the 35-year-old stepped up for a penalty.

Soccer Aid player Mark Wright prepares to take a penalty as Chunkz shrugs (Credit: ITV)

Normally, in a proper football match, that might be seen as a sign of leadership.

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But this penalty was awarded following a foul on YouTuber Chunkz. And it was clear by Chunkz’s body language he felt he should’ve been taking the spot kick.

However, Mark appeared to pay no heed to Chunkz – even as he protested right next to the ex TOWIE personality.

Mark was a player in the Soccer Aid match last night (Credit:

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Chunkz had seemed set to take the penalty, which would have levelled the scores for the England squad.

However, ex Liverpool player Jamie Carragher appeared to step in and position Mark for the kick instead.

Chunkz is not entirely happy about that.

“Chunkz is not entirely happy about that,” commentator Sam Matterface said as Chunkz raised his arms and shrugged ostentatiously.

Offering some kind of explanation for the awkward moment, Sam added: “Mark is a West Ham fan, he’s buzzing to be playing at their home.”

Having scored, Mark wheeled away to celebrate with other players but did not seem to acknowledge Chunkz.

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Mark Wright on Soccer Aid

Some unimpressed viewers accused Mark of ‘taking the moment too seriously’.

“Mark Wright takes this too seriously,” one person posted on Twitter, adding a laughing emoji to their words.

“Shoulda let Chunkz take that penalty! #SoccerAid.”

Mark taking the game too serious.

“Mark Wright shouldn’t have took that penalty from Chunkz for real. He’s taking the game too serious #SoccerAid,” agreed another social media user.

Another tweeted: “Mark Wright takes this all too seriously doesn’t he. It’s just a kick about to raise some money.”

Other Twitter users claimed Chunkz was “robbed”.

👏 Lee Mack’s penalty seals victory for the World XI 🌍

You can keep donating until July 29th 💙

— Soccer Aid (@socceraid) June 12, 2022

“Chunkz getting robbed from his penalty is the biggest bs I have seen this year #justiceforchunkz,” one person wrote.

Meanwhile, someone else complained: “Some of these, like Mark Wright, take this so seriously. 

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“Mate, it may as well be the football match from Bedknobs and Broomsticks, it’s so ridiculous. #SoccerAid.”

Meanwhile, others praised Mark for his performance as one tweeted: “Great work!”

Another said: “Yayyyy Mr Hero @MarkWright_. Great goal.”

The game ended 2-2 – but the World XI won on penalties.

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