The cutout of Bin Laden was into the front row of a section in Elland Road Stadium
Making many professions around the world in the face of coronavirus epidemics Sports teams cannot succeed in the presence of spectators for their games. Some have chosen to use crowdfunding as an attempt to mimic the presence of fans. Leeds United, who plays in the EFL Championship league, learned the hard way that teams should be keeping an eye on the cutout being printed.
The team encouraged their fans to send photos to be used as a cutout in the stands and someone sent a picture of Osama bin Laden. No was holding bin Laden’s headshot when the photo was submitted and was used during the team’s game against Cardiff City last Sunday. The cutout of Bin Laden was into the front row of a section in Elland Road Stadium.
A representative of the Leeds apologized and informed the BBC that the team, ”This will ensure that no more offensive images are used in future games.”
On top of having to deal with the Bin Laden controversy, Leeds ended up losing the game, 2-0. This isn’t the first time that there’s been controversy surrounding teams placing replica fans in the stands for games. In May, soccer team FC Seoul apologized after they accidentally put sex dolls in the stands to pose as fans.