Cardboard supporters in the Borussia Park in Moenchengladbach, in the Bundesliga, on May 19, 2020. - Ina FASSBENDER / AFP

Fill the stadiums despite the camera with an effigy of you in cardboard: the good idea, tested and approved in Germany, turned into a bad prank in Australia, with a famous serial killer appearing in the stands of a rugby match to XIII.

Okay, who let Harold Shipman in? Https: //

- Angry People in Local Newspapers (@angrypiln) June 1, 2020

The Australian Federation (NRL) wanted to mark the blow when it resumed last weekend, behind closed doors, after several weeks of suspension of games due to the Covid-19 pandemic. She proposed to the fans to pay 22 Australian dollars (13.5 euros) to print a cardboard effigy of them, full size, placed in the stands.

But pranksters hijacked the device by sending photos… unusual. For example, that of Harold Shipman, nicknamed "Dr. Death", an English doctor convicted in 2000 of having killed 15 of his patients. We saw his portrait on Sunday in the stands of the match between the Penrith Panthers and the Newcastle Knights… when he committed suicide in detention over 15 years ago.

"Trials are done to solve the problems"

Lighter, Australian viewers were also able to distinguish in the stands the portrait of Dominic Cummings, the adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who found himself at the heart of a controversy for having bypassed compulsory confinement.

The controversy prompted the NRL to announce a reform of the system. “We are reviewing the" Fans in the Tribunes "control process. The weekend was a test and tests are done to fix the problems, "the League said in a statement.


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