FC Seoul apologizes after placing sex dolls in stands to pose as fans

South Korea soccer club FC Seoul defeated Gwangju FC, 1-0, on Sunday but it wasn't the play on the field that had people talking. During their home game, the club placed about 20 sex dolls in the stands. The mannequins were holding banners and wearing masks in the otherwise empty stadium in an effort to promote social distancing. Some dolls even held signs that promoted pornographic websites, according to BBC.

The club has since apologized for putting the clothed sex dolls around the stadium.

"We would like to apologize to the fans," the club said in a statement, according to ESPN. "We are very sorry about the supporting mannequins that were placed during the game on May 17. These mannequins may have been made to look and feel like real humans but they are not for sexual use -- as confirmed by the manufacturer from the beginning."

The mannequins were supplied by a local company called Dalkom, whose CEO is reportedly a huge supporter of FC Seoul. Currently, Dalkom's homepage is offline.

"Our intention was to do something lighthearted in these difficult times. We will think hard about what we need to do to ensure that something like this never happens again," FC Seoul added in their statment.

FC Seoul admitted that it was a "misunderstanding" with the supplier and had originally been informed that the dolls weren't for adult use. Still, K-League rules states that inappropriate or sexual advertisements are forbidden. Due to placing the mannequins in the stands, FC Seoul could face a large fine.

The sex dolls in the stands were brought to light after social media users began posting about them while the game was being played.

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