Sex dolls leak money as Seoul hit with record fine for stunt

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 22 May 2020

A fine of 100 million won (HK$630,000) was levied by South Korea's K-League on FC Seoul for using sex dolls to fill seats at a football match.

With spectators barred from Sunday's game because of the coronavirus, FC Seoul turned to dozens of life-sized dolls wearing T-shirts or holding placards with the logo of a sex-toy seller.

The league accepted FC Seoul's claim the club did not know the mannequins were sex toys, though they "could have easily recognized their use using common sense and experience."

Claiming the integrity of the league suffered, the largest fine in its 38-year-history was imposed.

FC Seoul accepted the decision and promised no repeat.

A mannequin distributor had in fact gone to the K-League offering its products to fill empty stands for free and was introduced to FC Seoul. Now the police have been called in.

The new season kicked off without spectators on May 8 after being postponed for two months because of Covid-19. Clubs have used cardboard cutouts, placards and banners to fill stands, but fans were not impressed with the dolls.

"FC Seoul turned its stadium into a X-rated zone," quipped one.

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