Sheffield United have had a gentle dig at rivals Sheffield Wednesday in a coronavirus video around derby day.

In a bid to encourage people to washing their hands for at least 20 seconds to try and stop the spread of the pandemic, they have used a clip from the Steel City derby.

The Blades faced Wednesday for the first time in five-and-a-half years in September 2017 following their promotion from League One.

And things couldn’t have started much better at Hillsborough as John Fleck and Leon Clarke gave the visitors a 2-0 lead after 15 minutes.

But back came the Owls to level the score at 2-2 after 65 minutes. Cue Mark Duffy, who silenced the celebrations from the home fans by immediately restoring United’s lead.

Duffy’s goal actually came one minute and 47 seconds after Lucas Joao’s equaliser. But why let that stand in the way of a good viral vid?

Sheffield derby fun as coronavirus halts football

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Football across most of Europe has been suspended until at least April 4 to try and halt the coronavirus outbreak.

However, as BBC Sport reports, the Premier League is set to acknowledge that there will be no matches for far longer than that.

They are due to meet today via conference call to discuss their plans moving forwards. They are determined to complete the current season, which has been cut short with nine or ten fixtures remaining for the division’s 20 teams.

The UK government has advised against mass gatherings, effectively putting a stop to games. However, they are open to the idea of playing behind closed doors.

The time to complete the 2019/20 campaign has been extended by the postponement of Euro 2020.

When it was cut short, the Blades were seventh in the table with 43 points and a game in hand over those directly above them. They will be particularly keen to finish it off, as European qualification is a realistic possibility.

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