Borussia Moenchengladbach hatches the cardboard fans for the Bundesliga restart
BERLIN: It may be a while before the true fans can return to Bundesliga stadiums but Borussia Moenchengladbach Supporters plan to fill the booths with the next best option: 50,000 cardboard clippings of themselves.
The German league is suspended until the end of April due to the coronavirus crisis, and the games are expected to be played behind closed doors if the season resumes.
Yet at fourth-placed Gladbach, fans now have the option to order a "life-size cardboard cut-out" of themselves -- complete with photos of their faces -- to occupy their usual spot on the terraces.
In this way, we will be the first club to bring a little life back to our stadium, even if fans really have to watch from home, the fan organization wrote. Fanprojekt Moenchengladbach (FPMG) in an online statement on Wednesday.
For 19 euros (USD 21), Gladbach fans can buy the cardboard cut-out, which FPMG said would actually be made of "weather-proof plastic".
The proceeds would help keep all seven FPMG employees in a job, and some of the money will also be donated to good causes near the club, organizers said.
The figures themselves, meanwhile, will be produced by two small companies in Moenchengladbach that were forced to close during the crisis.
We won't make any profit, and when the 'war' is won, everyone can take their doppelganger home as a reminder of these curious times, FPMG said.
The Bundesliga is currently on hold until April 30, with clubs set to meet later this week to discuss further plans.
The league has said it hopes to play the season to ensure television revenue is crucial to the financial stability of some of its clubs.
Gladbach hosted the last fixture to date on March 11, when they beat local rivals Cologne in the first Bundesliga game ever to be held behind closed doors. (