The Belarusian football club Dynamo Brest has started an initiative to partly fill the stadium with mannequins with the head of a supporter glued on them, so that fans can still be virtually at the match.
Belarus is the only country in Europe that still plays football, but more and more fans stay at home for fear of the corona virus.
Dynamo Brest's Stadyen DASK Brestsky can accommodate over ten thousand supporters, but last Saturday's league game against FK Slavia-Mozyr (1-2 defeat) had fewer than a thousand people.
The current number ten of Belarus has therefore looked for another way to fill the stadium. Fans from all over the world can buy a virtual ticket on the Dynamo Brest site, after which the club puts a doll with a photo of that supporter in the stadium.
An overview of the mannequins in the stadium of Dynamo Brest. (Photo: Pro Shots)
People from different countries buy tickets
Wednesday at the cup duel with Shakhtyor Soligorsk (2-0 win) was tested for the first time with the mannequins. Fans from Russia, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and Iran, among others, had bought a ticket. They could also choose a club shirt for the doll.
Virtual tickets can be purchased again for Saturday's league game against Isloch Minskiy Rayon. Fans receive a program booklet in return.
According to Dynamo Brest, part of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to fighting the corona crisis in Belarus. At present, 1,468 confirmed infections with the COVID-19 virus and 16 corona patients have died in the country.
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