Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has undergone minor surgery after falling ill prior to an awards ceremony in London on Monday night, BBC
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson collected the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the former England international at the Laureus Sports Awards. Charlton was due to collect the award on Monday, which was 54 years to the day since the United all-time leading goalscorer survived the 1958 Munich air crash. Ferguson revealed that Charlton is fine and well, but a precautionary measure meant he could not receive the award.
Ferguson said: ‘Sir Bobby is fine, but it was felt he should go back to Manchester. He is very annoyed not to be here to receive this Award. I’ll be taking the statuette back to Old Trafford for him. He loves the work he does for Laureus and I know how delighted he is to have received this tribute.’
Charlton is an ambassador at Old Trafford and the United boss heaped praise on the 74 year old, who has supported Ferguson along the way during his 25 year reign at the club. Ferguson continued: ‘Manchester United is Bobby’s life. He came to the club as a 15-year-old boy and he’s been with us ever since – he is one of our ambassadors now. In my own 25 years at the club, Bobby has supported every step I’ve taken.’
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