South Korean Football Club Apologises for Filling Stadium with Sex Dolls

With sports fans barred from entering arenas around the globe, some competitions are going to extraordinary lengths to make the stands look full. In Taiwan, baseball stadiums were loaded with animatronic robots to cheer on players, in Belarus, mannequins were used, but South Korea’s Seoul FC may have gone a little too far. The football team has been forced to apologise after fans accused the club of using ultra-realistic sex dolls to fill the empty stands at its second game of the K League season.

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The match against Gwangju was held on Sunday in Seoul and, as has become common practice, fans were unable to attend. But for those stuck at home tuning in, something felt a little off about the inanimate spectators populating the stands. “Honestly, if you saw the mannequins you should have thought they were strange,” wrote one fan on Instagram.

Things got even stranger when fans realised that some of the figures were holding signs for a company that makes sex dolls, suggesting that they likely didn’t come from a Seoul FC staff member’s private collection.

In response, Seoul FC has issued a formal apology through Instagram and Facebook. “Regarding the cheer mannequins that were installed during the game on the 17th, we sincerely apologise for causing deep concern to the fans,” the statement said. The football club went on to explain that although the dolls were made to look like real people, it had checked that they were “not at all related to adult products” before installing them, but fans weren’t convinced.

“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?” a fan wrote on Instagram. “You are kidding me.”

Turns out a stadium full of sex dolls isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

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