Sex dolls fill the hole left by sporting spectators as stadiums struggle to pack empty seats

The betting industry sees a ray of light with gradual resumption of leagues in South Korea

The future of sports is as ambivalent as ever during this pandemic, with traditional sports turning into virtual competitions until things get back on track.

With several world’s sports leagues bouncing back, some teams have sought ways to maintain pre-pandemic festivity in their stadiums during matches. Since fans aren’t permitted in the premises until risks of infections lower, most sports leagues are planting cardboard cut outs depicting hometown spectators in the stadium so players wouldn’t have to compete in front of rows of empty seats.

 

Sports leagues planting cardboard cut outs depicting hometown spectators in stadiums so players wouldn’t have to compete in front of rows of empty seats.

 

Following the weeks long delay in leagues, the South Korean league proceeded on the 8th of May. Instead of cardboard cut out, FC Seoul’s soccer team filled its fan-less stadium with sex doll spectators.

About 25 sex mannequins were supplied by a local company and dressed up in FC Seoul’s shirt.

Fans posted suspicions about the life-size dolls on social media while the match was taking place. One particular banner showed the names of an adult toy manufacturer and of models who had inspired those dolls.

The Korean Professional Football League fined FC Seoul €74,70 million for using these dolls as spectator replacements to fill empty stands. In a statement to the outlet the league said that  “The controversy over this ‘real doll’ incident has deeply humiliated and hurt women fans, and damaged the integrity of the league.”

The club can also be punished for damaging the prestige of the league in a time so sensitive when everyone is longing for sporting events to commence.

“We had tried to add some fun in the no-spectator match,” FC Seoul said in a statement. “But we have not checked all the details, and that is clearly our fault.”

FC Seoul club issued an apology on Wednesday stating that they “apologise deeply to all those concerned about the unfortunate situation that occurred,

We will review our internal procedures to ensure this does not happen again.”

 

The league said that the controversy over this ‘real doll’ incident has deeply humiliated and hurt women fans, and damaged the integrity of the league.

 

Fans are eagerly waiting for sporting events to resume, mostly for the sport betting industry which despite the cancellation of leagues and tournaments, is finding its solace in esports. Sports betting puts fans right in the action at any sporting event.

According to a report by Freebets.com almost three quarters of regular bettors continue to wager on sports despite the majority of events having been cancelled or postponed.

XLMedia a UK betting comparison site found out 70% of its customers placed a bet during the period of sporting shutdown, with 30% not wagering at all.

CEO Stuart Simms said that “the results of this survey have been particularly encouraging, illustrating how our customers have continued to enjoy betting on sports at this time.

The popularity of esports and virtual sports stand out as the data suggests that these new categories have begun to cement their position as viable betting options.”

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