May 19 – As ingenious ways of improving the atmosphere in empty stadiums during the coronavirus pandemic goes, it wasn’t perhaps the cleverest or most obvious.
South Korean club FC Seoul has apologised after being accused of using sex dolls to fill empty stands at its second game of the resumed K League season last Sunday against Gwangju.
The game was behind closed doors as part of measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 but those watching on-line noticed something rather unusual dotted around the seats.
In a statement, FC Seoul apologised but insisted they used mannequins, not sex toys, to mimic a home crowd ambiance saying was attempting to inject an element of fun.
The club said it was repeatedly reassured by the company that produced the mannequins that they were not sexual products even though it does manufacture sex dolls. It didn’t explain why nearly all the mannequins at the stadium were female in design.
Some of the dolls were holding signs advertising x-rated websites – despite pornography being banned in South Korea.
After some fans complained, the club issued the following statement: “Regarding the cheer mannequins that were installed during the game on the 17th (May), we sincerely apologise for causing deep concern to the fans.”
FC Seoul added that although the dolls were made to look like real people, rather than conventional mannequins, it had checked they were “not at all related to adult products” before agreeing to install them, and had been told they would be mannequins of the kind commonly used to model clothes.
But one wrote on Instagram: “The female mannequin dressed in a white short sleeve t-shirt, the breast excessively stood out, and the nipples were protruding, but you didn’t know they were an adult product? You are kidding me.”
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