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New world record set for longest ever football game

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London, May 13 (ANI): A new world record has been set for playing the longest ever game of football by a team of enthusiastic players.

Defying torrential rain, wintry temperatures and injuries, 36 footballers played non-stop for a staggering 40 hours 15minutes.

The final score was equally surprising with the Reds beating the Whites 390-247.

Ex-Wales and Arsenal star John Hartson, who is fighting cancer, kicked off the record-breaking soccer match at Hinchingbrooke School, Cambs.

Richard Philp, a former Luton Town star, said: "My legs are still moving, but my feet are like balloons. Some people can't get their shoes on because their feet have swollen up."

"We had three players taken to hospital - we survived on guts and adrenaline," The Sun quoted Philp, as saying.

Organiser Zac Cornish set up the super-tough challenge to raise cash after his father Chris defeated cancer.

So far the event has raised 10,000 pounds, which will be split between Macmillan Cancer Support, the John Hartson Foundation and Sports Connections. (ANI)

Story first published: Thursday, May 13, 2010, 16:04 [IST]
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