Coronavirus and the beautiful game

Actions against the coronavirus pandemic have quite rightly been increased as the virus begins circulating around the world. There’s been a ban on virtually all sports around the globe, commuters have been asked to stay at home and work where possible, and some are having to self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days to protect our nation.

Almost a week has passed since we last saw 22 players chase after a football and for some that feels like a very long time. But as it’s a Friday and we’re all in need of some cheer, here are five of our favourite memes and social media clips from the world of football as it reacts to the postponement.

James Milner

Mr. Dependable, for almost the last two decades Milner has plied his trade in the Premier League, if you want a consistent and versatile performer, James Milner is top of your target list.

Unfortunately for James though, because of a Twitter parody account titled ‘Boring James Milner’, he’ll always be thought of as a dour Yorkshireman.  To his credit the real James has been more than happy to play up to the stereotype in the past.

Here he is rationing his Yorkshire Tea bags for the week ahead…

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain

What else is there to do when your self-isolating with your pop star girlfriend? The Liverpool playmaker and the Little Mix star; Perrie Edwards decided to keep themselves entertained with some amazing dance moves amid the disease epidemic.

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Precautionary self isolation can be fun❗️

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Southampton FC

Last Saturday was a weird day, no 3pm kick offs to look forward to, no goal notifications from BBC Sport pinging my phone and no Fantasy Football points to be won. But the Saints certainly took all three points for their reactive idea to continue to ‘live’ tweet the game as if it had gone ahead anyway.

Leyton Orient

Ah. The power of social media…The League Two club have showed off some real promotion form during the season hiatus. Reacting to Southampton FC’s idea, the O’s decided to create an online knock-out FIFA tournament with 63 other teams. To enter all a team needed to do was to reply to the original tweet (below). It’s proved to be a brilliant initiative from Leyton Orient and all the spots have been filled.

Stayed tuned to see who gets crowned the winner! #UltimateQuaranTeam

Clive Tyldesley

Clive has been ITV’s senior football commentator since 1998, what we don’t know about football probably isn’t worth knowing. But how does a high-profile commentator keep fresh and prepared for match days when there’s no games on?

By commentating from the kitchen of course!

We hope we’ve made you have a few laughs with the clips we’ve chosen, please stay safe and if you would like to learn more about our social media services then get in touch with us.

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