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Sex dolls and a cardboard Purple Aki: Football’s wackiest replacements for fans in the stands

The return of football in Germany and South Korea has been welcomed by supporters across the globe, with the hope that other leagues can slowly begin playing again soon.

Understandably, the matches are taking place without supporters present as leagues and clubs attempt to limit human contact. While it’s made for a somewhat eerie atmosphere during which you can hear players shouting at each other as well as the noise the ball makes when it hits the net, it is the best course of action.

Some clubs have attempted to fill the space left in the terraces using some creative and at times odd replacements.

Here are a selection of efforts to replace supporters.

(Image: 2020 Liverpool FC)
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FC Seoul

Good luck with your browser history on this one.

FC Seoul, a team based in South Korea, landed themselves in hot water when they included what they described as “premium mannequins” in the crowd for their game against Gwangju FC. The club did concede that the mannequins were produced by a company that makes sex toys. The dolls totalled 30 in all, 28 female and two male.

“We would like to apologise to the fans,” the club said in a statement released on social media. “We are very sorry about the supporting mannequins that were placed during the game on May 17. These mannequins may have been made to look and feel like real humans, but they are not for sexual use — as confirmed by the manufacturer from the beginning.”

“Our intention was to do something lighthearted in these difficult times. We will think hard about what we need to do to ensure that something like this never happens again,” the club added.

As for the company that makes these ‘mannequins’, well their website is currently offline, sorry.

FC Dynamo Brest

Our next stop takes us to Belarus where FC Dynamo Brest went for a more personal touch by printing cut out portraits of supporters to stick on to actual mannequins.

The club…