Team fined for using sex dolls as fans in empty stadium

Tanya Simon
May 21, 2020

South Korea's FC Seoul have been fined a record 100 million Korean Won ($82,000) for "damaging the prestige and integrity of the league" after using sex dolls instead of mannequins to fill empty seats during a league match after the K-League.

"The disciplinary committee made a decision to take heavy disciplinary action considering the graveness of the incident, caused by the "real doll", that has greatly insulted and hurt female and family fans and to prevent similar incidents going forward", K League said in a statement this morning.

"The disciplinary committee chose to take heavy disciplinary action considering the graveness of the incident, caused by the "real doll", that has greatly insulted and hurt female and family fans and to prevent similar incidents going forward", K League said in a statement.

The plastic supporters were dressed in team's colors and wearing masks.

The league said FC Seoul had plenty of time from the noon placement of the dolls until the evening kickoff to correct the error.

There could be worse to follow for FC Seoul, the 2016 league champions.

According to media outlets in the nation, the K League declared their disciplinary committee will now be looking into the incident.

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Seoul, the club have already disciplined its staff involved in the mishap, declined to appeal the punishment and said they "humbly accepted" the ruling.

"We are deeply sorry about the mannequins that were seated during the May 17, 2020 match".

The club involved, FC Seoul, earlier this week expressed "sincere remorse" over the controversy, but insisted they used mannequins - not sex dolls - to mimic a home crowd during the 1-0 win over Gwangju FC at the Seoul World Cup stadium.

"We confirmed from the start that the mannequins we installed in the stands had no relation to the adult toys, even though they do indeed resemble real humans". As part of the lease agreement, the club are required to obtain permission in advance for advertising.

"Our intention was to do something lighthearted in these hard times".

On May 8, the K-League became the first major soccer league to start playing after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered sports around the world. "We will review our internal procedures to ensure this does not happen again".

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