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Calum Best accepts accolade for 'my dad, our Belfast boy' George

By Nevin Farrell

Published 26/10/2015

Awards night host Eamonn Holmes with Alex and Calum Best
Awards night host Eamonn Holmes with Alex and Calum Best
Awards night host Eamonn Holmes with his wife Ruth Langsford

Calum Best has accepted an award on behalf of his late football star father despite recently putting the boot into him.

The Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award was posthumously awarded to George Best and was accepted by Calum at the Irish Post Awards ceremony in London at the weekend.

Receiving the honour from his father's former wife Alex, Calum said: "This is for my dad, this is for our Belfast boy."

Host Eamonn Holmes added: "Best by name, best by nature, maybe the best player in the whole world."

The awards mark the contribution of Irish people to British society.

Calum's decision to accept the award came after the Best family expressed unhappiness over his book Second Best: My Dad And Me, which they claimed denigrated the troubled Man United maestro's memory.

Calum argued that his book was a warts-and-all appraisal of what it was like to be the child of an alcoholic father.

He described incidents such as George hitting him and accusing him of having an affair with Alex.

The part-time model and television presenter also claimed there was a night when the drunken former European Footballer of the Year climbed into his bed, mistook his long blond hair for that of a woman, and kissed him.

And there were other anecdotes in the book about booze binges and prostitutes which the Best family found upsetting.

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