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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For Seoul's first home game, around 20 mannequins,...
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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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Craig Burley says he has "no idea" how the Premier League will resolve the Champions League race. 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

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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U.S., South Korea and Nigeria get bold new Nike kits for 2020

The U.S. gets all new kits for 2020.


The U.S. men's national team have been wearing the same white kit since 2018 -- the same kit they were meant to wear to the 2018 World Cup, had they qualified.


But no longer! The U.S. men and women both will wear brand new home and away kits in 2020.



The whites will feature patriotic nods like the red and white stripes on the back of the collar, or the red and blue striping on the cuffs, down the side panels and across the socks. The new darks will play on the U.S.'s nickname, "the States,"...
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Ex-Australia, South Korea manager Pim Verbeek dies aged 63

Pim Verbeek died after a three-year battle with cancer.
Pim Verbeek, the Dutchman who coached South Korea and Australia, has died at the age of 63.
Verbeek, who played for Sparta Rotterdam, died on Thursday after a four-year battle with cancer.


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Is MLS next for Afshin Ghotbi, U.S. soccer's international globetrotter?

Afshin Ghotbi's career in soccer has taken him to Los Angeles, South Korea, Iran and, now, China.
In 2000, Afshin Ghotbi found himself marveling at where life had taken him. Here was an Iranian-born, American-raised soccer coach, heading to Hong Kong from Los Angeles on a British Airways flight so he could interview with a Dutchman to be an assistant coach for South Korea's national team.
"If that's not globalization, I'm not sure what is," he said with a laugh during an exclusive interview with ESPN FC.
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Brazil return to winning ways with 3-0 victory over South Korea

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Philippe Coutinho scored Brazil's second goal on Tuesday.
Brazil returned to triumphant form after a five-game winless streak on Tuesday with the recalled Philippe Coutinho starring in a 3-0 win over South Korea.
In front of a sparse crowd in Abu Dhabi, Lucas Paqueta put Brazil 1-0 up in the ninth minute when he headed home from close range after excellent work on the left from Coutinho and Renan Lodi.
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North Korea game 'was like war' - South Korea

South Korea were happy to have made it back from Pyongyang in one piece after Tuesday's brutal 2022 World Cup qualifier, a Korean FA official said, also describing the physical encounter as being "like war."
The game, the first between the two teams on North Korean soil in 30 years, ended as a 0-0 draw and was played out in front of empty stands. There was no broadcast of the game after the North refused to screen it live.
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