Have you seen everyone sharing nine football emojis on their Facebook status this week? Well, here’s why.
Over the past few days, Facebook has been flooded with footballs.
People from across the UK have been sharing a series of nine football emojis in their status’, but why?
The trend is actually a tribute to a young boy who was killed this week.
Here’s everything you need to know…
The footballs are in memory of Jordan Banks
People are posting nine football emojis on Facebook and Twitter in memory of Jordan Banks.
Jordan was a nine-year-old boy who was killed this week after being struck by lightning during football training.
He was playing on a field in Blackpool on Tuesday night when a thunderstorm hit.
The 9-year-old was then taken to hospital with serious injuries after being struck by lightning at around 17:00, but died a short while later, Lancashire Police said.
The nine football memorial has gone viral
On Tuesday night, flowers, footballs and football shirts began being left at the playing field in Blackpool.
However, people who couldn’t go to the site also began remembering the 9-year-old with the nine football emojis.
The nine footballs represent Jordan’s age, and also his love of football.
He played for the Under 9s team at Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club and was a keen Liverpool fan.
It’s unclear who started the trend, but it’s going viral on social media.
Tributes flood social media
Tributes to Jordan are pouring in on social media.
Liverpool midfielder James Milner tweeted: “A special boy taken far too soon.”
He had previously sent Jordan a congratulatory video message after he ran 30 miles in 10 days in memory of his uncle earlier this year, raising £3,000 for a mental health charity.
Then, Liverpool FC responded to the tweet and wrote:
“The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool Football Club are with Jordan’s family and friends. Rest in peace, Jordan Banks.”
Swansea Football Club also paid tribute to Jordan on Facebook by sharing nine football emojis. They said:
“We’re posting 9 footballs in memory of 9-year-old Jordan Banks who was tragically killed by a lightning strike during a football training session in Blackpool yesterday. Our thoughts are with Jordan’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.”
The Blackpool Tower was even lit up in red to honour Jordan and his love of Liverpool Football Club.
“Tonight, the Blackpool Tower is lit up in red. Yesterday our community lost one of it’s brightest lights, so this evening we stand alongside Jordan Banks family, friends and our community to remember a remarkable young man. #LiverpoolFC,” they wrote on Twitter.
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