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FC Seoul hit with record fine for placing sex dolls in the stands

Gab Marcotti speaks about how FC Seoul inadvertently substituted supporters in the stands with sex dolls.

South Korea's FC Seoul have been fined a record 100 million Korean won ($82,000) for "damaging the prestige and integrity of the league" after using sex dolls instead of mannequins to fill empty seats during a K-League match.

The club placed around 20 dolls -- some of which were dressed in the team's colours, while others held placards supporting the side -- in the stands on Sunday to make up for the absence of fans due to coronavirus restrictions.

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South Korea club FC Seoul apologise as sex dolls appear in stands

Gab Marcotti speaks about how FC Seoul inadvertently substituted supporters in the stands with sex dolls.

Leading South Korea club FC Seoul apologised to fans after inadvertently substituting supporters in the stands with sex dolls during their 1-0 win over Gwangju FC on Sunday.

While the season started on May 8, fans are not yet allowed in stadiums because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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K-League return broadcast in 36 countries from empty stadium, piped in fan noise

Football is back in South Korea for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports around the world, and its success or failure will be closely watched by leagues everywhere.

The K-League season kicked off Friday in Jeonju with defending champion Jeonbuk Motors playing in an empty stadium but with chants piped in from supporters. Instead of fans, banners with messages of support were draped around the stands.

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Tottenham's Son to complete military service in South Korea

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Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-Min will complete mandatory military service in South Korea this month with the Premier League suspended indefinitely due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Spurs announced on Monday that the 27-year-old will complete his national service after initially receiving exemption as part of the national side that won gold at the 2018 Asian Games.

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South Korea suspend domestic league over coronavirus fears

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A fan in a coronavirus mask in the stands before a Champions League match in Ulsan, South Korea.

South Korean football authorities have indefinitely postponed the start of the 2020 domestic season, due to fears over the coronavirus outbreak.

The K League made the announcement after an emergency meeting in Seoul on Monday as the country grapples with the viral outbreak that began in China and has infected more than 79,000 people globally. The number of reported cases in South Korea reached 833 on Monday, including seven deaths. Mainland China has reported 2,592 deaths among 77,150 cases.

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