'Disgrace': Football side caught in 'shameful' sex doll gaffe

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor
FC Seoul accidentally put sex dolls in the stands. Image: K-League/Twitter

The K-League’s bizarre idea to replace spectators with mannequins has backfired embarrassingly, with FC Seoul inadvertently putting sex dolls in the stands.

The South Korean football league is forging on amid the coronavirus crisis, however human spectators aren’t allowed to attend games.

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Instead, officials have been putting mannequins in the stands to give the players someone to play in front of.

However the league is now at the centre of an embarrassing drama after it was revealed that some mannequins being used were actually sex dolls.

During FC Seoul’s clash with Gwangju FC recently, a number of social media users noticed something suss about the fake spectators.

After a number of claims that the mannequins were sex dolls, the club issued an embarrassing apology.

FC Seoul blamed the supplier for the mishap, claiming they were assured the dolls weren’t the type used for X-rated purposes.

South Korean media Sports Seoul reportedly said: “There are concerns this will bring international disgrace.”

While fans were equally shocked on social media.

“FC Seoul put these mannequin supporters in stands which was also tried by Dinamo Brest,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

“But there is a strong conviction that these ‘fans’ are actually ‘sex dolls’ made by a sex doll company.

“Hope it is not true, but if it is, it’ll be a huge shame.”

Another wrote: “Seriously, though. Imagine the thought process involved in filling your stadium with female sex dolls in football kits and thinking it’s a good idea. Nice one, @FCSeoul.”

K-League forges on amid coronavirus crisis

With most leagues worldwide sidelined by the pandemic, the K-League was the first competition of any standing to come back to life and a host of safety precautions have been imposed, with wild goal celebrations and even talking discouraged.

Before and after the match the players bump fists instead of handshakes as advised.

The matches, played under stringent safety guidelines, are the first glimpse of post-virus football and similar scenes are likely elsewhere as other leagues get under way.

All personnel entering stadiums have their temperatures checked and are required to wear face masks, and hand sanitisers are located throughout the venue.

South Korea's K-League is pushing on amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)

Players have been told to avoid excessive goal celebrations, handshakes, close talking and blowing their noses.

With fans around the world long deprived of live sport, the K-League, whose start was delayed two months by the pandemic, has signed season-long rights deals with broadcasters who will show games live in 36 countries and territories including Britain, Germany and Australia.

Last year the K-League sold rights to only six countries, all of them in Asia.

“Because we had limited exposure to international fans, it is true that the K-League was largely unknown globally despite its competitiveness,” said league spokesman Lee Jong-kwoun.

“2020 will be the first year the league will be recognised and assessed on a global level.”

with AFP