Filling the stands in a time of pandemic requires being imaginative ... although you can screw up. South Korean soccer club FC Seoul had to apologize for placing inflatable dolls in its stadium. "We are sincerely sorry that we created an uncomfortable situation for our fans," the Korean club said in a statement.

"We have made sure from the beginning that these dolls had nothing to do with sex toys," added the club. However, several of them, placed in the stands of the stadium for the South Korean league game behind closed doors, against Gwangju (which ended in a 1-0 victory), wore shirts with the logo of a manufacturer of sexual articles. Still others carried signs displaying advertising for the company and its products.

Inflatable dolls, in the stands of Seoul FC stadium.YONHAPvia REUTERS

The wrists wore a protective mask and were aligned according to spacing rules that seek to limit the spread of the Covid-19. According to the club, the doll supplier had previously made them available to the sex toy distribution company, which would explain the advertising.

The K-League, the South Korean first division championship, resumed on May 8, after more than two months of hiatus due to the pandemic. To fill the stands and not give the impression of being empty, when playing games behind closed doors, most clubs used posters, banners or cardboard effigies of fans.

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