South Korean soccer club mourns controversy over 'X-rated' sex dolls

SEOUL: one of South Korea Major soccer clubs apologized Monday for causing deep concern after being accused of using sex dolls to fill empty seats at a weekend game.

FC Seoul He insisted that the mannequins, used in the absence of fanatics, which are banned by the coronavirus, had no connection to sex toys.

But some of the artificial spectators, deployed for Sunday's game against Gwangju FC , wore T-shirts with the SoloS logo, a sex toy seller.

Other mannequins, who wore face masks and were separated according to social distancing guidelines, had billboards for the company and some of its models.

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Most of them were women, but some were men.

FC Seoul said the company which provided the mannequins had previously provided them to SoloS, hence the advertising in which they were clad.

"We are sincerely sorry for causing deep concern to fans," FC Seoul said in a statement, following uproar from fans and media.

"We have confirmed from the very beginning that they had no connection to sex toy s," the club said.

But fans were not convinced.

I wonder how this strange idea came to you. It is an international disgrace, said an online critic.

Another fan added: " FC Seoul turned its stadium into a X-rated zone."

Neither the mannequin dealer nor SoloS could be immediately contacted by AFP.

The new K-league season started on May 8 after being postponed for more than two months by the coronavirus pandemic, but fans are still excluded.

Instead, clubs have used cardboard cutouts, banners, and placards to fill the stands.

FC Seoul won the game, held at the cavernous Seoul World Cup Stadium , 1-0.