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BT Sport wins exclusive rights to Steven Gerrard's testimonial match

Wednesday, June 12th 2013 by Nigel Adie
Steven Gerrard testimonial match to be screened exclusively live by BT Sport

Steven Gerrard's testimonial match will be screened exclusively live in the UK and Ireland by BT Sport.

BT Sport has landed the exclusive live rights to screen England and Liverpool star Steven Gerrard's testimonial match against Olympiacos.

The Reds will take on the Greek champions on August 3rd 2013 to honour their captain, who has notched up 630 appearances and 159 goals for his only club since making his debut against Blackburn Rovers in November 1998.

As well as being the only broadcaster in the UK and Ireland to offer live coverage of the clash, BT Sport has bagged pre and post-match interviews with the midfielder.

All money raised by the player's testimonial year events - including BT Sport's payment for the rights - will go towards the Steven Gerrard Foundation, which supports children's charities across Merseyside and further afield.

Gerrard has fond memories of facing Olympiacos - he scored the last time the two sides met, helping Liverpool reach the 2004-05 Uefa Champions League knockout stages on their way to winning that season's tournament.

Simon Green, Head of BT Sport, said: "We are thrilled to be kicking off our live football coverage on BT Sport with this testimonial for the England captain, who is one of the greatest current players in the game."

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