FC Seoul: South Korean football team club faces outrage over ‘sex dolls’

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Sports events around the world have been halted due to coronavirus, but the South Korean K League is a competition that advances games without spectators.

But FC Seoul sparked controversy on Sunday’s home game against Gwangju in South Korea’s best football league, with the club accused of using sex dolls to fill its stands.

The club apologized and the K League fined KRW 100 million ($ 81,300) for the incident, according to a team spokesperson.

FC Seoul told CNN on Thursday that it would “humbly accept” the decision.

The K League did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

Fans have criticized the club online and said it has wasted the chance to show the K League to an international audience.

“FC Seoul has ruined everything, giving the league a dirty look,” wrote one. “It’s really ugly and dirty. “

The dolls were in the stands for Sunday's game against Gwangju.

Others, however, said the whole incident was disproportionate.

“Those who don’t even watch football normally do one thing,” wrote another fan. “Honestly, people who don’t really care about it just think they are models and don’t pay any attention to it. “

Although fan opinion is divided as to whether the club did anything wrong, the prevailing opinion seems to be that management has mismanaged things.

The dolls were in the stands for FC Seoul’s second game in the deferred K League season this weekend, surprising those who logged in to watch the game.

Some figures were holding signs for a company that makes sex dolls, and fans pointed out that they looked like adult dolls rather than models.

Responding to criticism, the club posted an apology on Instagram and Facebook on Sunday.

“With regard to the cheering dummies that were set up during the match on the 17th, we sincerely apologize for causing the fans deep concern,” the statement said.

FC Seoul apologized to the fans for the dolls.

FC Seoul explained that although the dolls were made to look like real people, rather than conventional models, they had checked that they were “not at all related to adult products” before accepting to install them, and had been informed that they would be mannequins of the kind commonly used to model clothing.

The staff “went through the confirmation process several times that they were not adult products,” the statement said, noting that an ad for adult products was visible on match day.

“It is our fault without excuse,” said the club. “Whatever the reason, we again apologize for causing great concern to the supporters who love and encourage FC Seoul. “

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The South Korean K League is one of the few football leagues currently playing matches after the global match was largely interrupted by the pandemic.

The German Bundesliga has also restarted, with teams playing in empty stadiums.

Other leagues are grappling with the issue of restarting competitions that have been postponed.

Some football authorities, including those in France, have decided to cancel the 2019/2020 season.

However, the Spanish Liga and Italian Serie A are still considering their options, while on Monday the English Premier League got closer to restarting as its clubs voted to resume training.

CNN’s Sophie Jeong contributed to this story.

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