Con Boutsianis was announced by the Tribal Sports Twitter as one of the participants of the #FootballForFires charity exhibition match taking place in Sydney on May 22, 2020.
He was announced alongside former Aston Villa goalkeeper and Fox Sports panelist Mark Bosnich, as well as ex-football players Pedro Mendes and Dwayne Derosario.
“It’s a big honour for me to play in this match, we’re going to have a lot of international stars playing in this game,” the former Socceroo said in a video posted by the Tribal Sports Twitter page.
Recognised by Tribal Sports as one of the National Soccer League’s best ever left footers, Boutsianis is regarded by many as South Melbourne Football Club’s most prestigious former player.
Fox Sports broadcaster Mark Bosnich will accompany Boutsianis in the match, alongside many other international stars yet to be announced.
“…We’ve been all terribly upset about the devastation that the bushfires have caused in Australia over these last three or four months. Some people have lost their loved ones, their properties, their homes, also millions and millions of wildlife have also perished,” Mark Bosnich said in a video posted by the Tribal Sports Twitter page.
The scheduling of the event in May has given volunteers who have participated in the daily fight at the frontline of the Australian bushfire crisis the opportunity to attend the match. Men and women working with the Rural Fire Service, as well as SES volunteers, are being invited to the match alongside many residents directly impacted by the fires.
The exhibition football match will be held at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Saturday 23 May, and will honour the thousands of brave volunteer firefighters that are currently fighting the bushfires across Australia.
The event is being organised by Tribal Sports Management Principal, Lou Sticca.
“The #FootballForFires match will harness The World Game and its star players to draw attention to the Australian bushfire crisis and the crucial rebuilding of communities that will be required long after the fires have eventually burnt out,” Sticca said.
“The Sydney match will bring together thousands of volunteers from all areas of Australia who have so bravely fought to save homes and property during the bushfire crisis while also raising much needed funds for the rebuilding phase.”
You can stay up to date with the latest news about the #FootballForFires match HERE.