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Club Sponsor In Van Dijk Gaffe On Social Media !
Wednesday, 5th Jul 2017 09:37

Arron Sanders ponders Virgin Media getting into a little bit of a muddle on social media over Van Dijk.

Southampton Football Club's main sponsor got themselves into a bit of a mess on social media yesterday, when their official Twitter account responded to a tweet from an Everton fan.

The tweet send by a Evertonian by the name Adam, insinuated that people would boycott the company due to their links to Saints over defender Virgil Van Dijk. Although just why that would upset Everton fans is unclear.

Virgin Media responded " We do sponsor Southampton Football Club but that's about as far as it goes. Van Dijk would look better in blue anyway ;) "

Now this may have just been an attempt at banter gone wrong by the Virgin Media employee but I for one am not at all happy would allow for such a tweet be sent out from our sponsors official account.

This comment from a company with a reputation such as Virgin Media's, is not going to go down well with Saints fans at all given the recent issues with Liverpool over the player.

Virgin have been a great sponsor for the club with travel and ticket initiatives for the supporters, so the Virgin employee who replied was seemingly not aware of just how much Virgin are involved with the club, but I would not expect any drastic action over this, although there could be an apology via their Twitter account to the clubs supporters even if it issued in a light hearted manner.

Social media such as twitter allows major companies to interract with the public in a way that was unheard of only a few years ago, but sometimes this can backfire on them.

Are any of you fans annoyed by the Virgin media's tweet regarding Van Dijk? or is it just an attempt at banter gone wrong?

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wibbersda added 09:59 - Jul 5
Not professional at all.....He looks just dandy in Red thankyou VM.

ronrulesok added 10:36 - Jul 5
Usually interested in and agree with your blog but this is stirring up a non problem. I know news is hard to come by in the summer but don't waste our time with this nonsense. You will probably think this an everton fan too since I am too idle to change my user name. By way of explanation I changed to this username in the summer that Ron came to Saints due to the flack he was getting before even starting the job. Let's give new people a chance to prove themselves -I will probably sign on next time as Mauricio rules ok but then someone with accuse me of being a poch lover.
Social media is becoming the biggest waste of human resources ever known to man........

TimSaint added 10:54 - Jul 5
Awaiting the full apology and explanation of the employee reprimands, but kind of think Virgin will hope this goes unnoticed and causes minimal embarrassment.
Perhaps they can now give additionally reduced prices for Saints fans whenever we play anyone in BLUE this coming season - so we can cheer on VvD in the red and white !! I make that Brighton, Chelsea, Leicester, Everton, Man City and Huddersfield !!

ChristchurchSaint added 11:55 - Jul 5
TimSaint, can I add West Brom, and possibly Wet Spam, Burnley and Palace 😆😆😆😆😆

BoondockSaint added 14:29 - Jul 5
Another example of what is really "anti-social media"

DockersRottingCorpse added 14:30 - Jul 5
Absolutely disgusted. I have cancelled my season ticket and cancelled my next door neighbours virgin media so I no longer have to use His WiFi. Les Reed must resign immediately.

redandwhitedee added 16:21 - Jul 5
Could not care less

SanMarco added 18:26 - Jul 5
There is enough in the world to get upset about so I will smile at this and agree with the 'could not care less' comments..

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