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  • FC Seoul 'sorry' after accidentally using sex dolls to replace fans in empty ground
  • nahyun | 2020.06.22 10:34
  • FC Seoul 'sorry' after accidentally using sex dolls to replace fans in empty ground


    What is strange in the photo?

    Do you think it is a good idea to fill an empty stadium with dolls?

    The club said they failed to make careful checks. The club’s supplier insisted the mannequins (a mannequin is a plastic doll used to sell clothes in a shop window) were not for sexual use.

    FC Seoul have said they are sorry after they accidentally used sex dolls rather than normal mannequins to make their stadium look like it had fans.

    FC Seoul said their supplier had let them down. The supplier assured the club that the dolls were not sex dolls.

    In a statement posted on Instagram after the 1-0 win, the club said they were "deeply sorry" for what had happened.It was their mistake to not check carefully. 

    The club said they would like to clarify that these mannequins have been made to look and feel like real humans.  They are not for sexual use.

    Ironically, real fans were the ones who did see something was wrong. The fans bombarded FC Seoul's official Instagram account as they watched the game on television.

    "Just look at their breasts, they were four times bigger than those of normal mannequins," one supporter wrote.

    Another said it was "so obvious" that they were sex dolls. It had  destroyed FC Seoul's efforts "to show games for all the family".

    Some of the dolls had been dressed in club colors.  Others wore t-shirts with the logo of SoloS - a sex toy seller.

    The incident will come as a setback for the K League. The  league has been enjoying success because they have been  the only  top-flight football leagues active during the pandemic.

    Try to guess the meaning of the words in bold and match them with their closest meaning from the choices in the right. Some of the answers are very close and have similar meaning. The meaning of these words is how they are used in the reading. Some of these words have different meanings in the dictionary depending on how they are used.

     The answers are below the table.




    To disappoint 

    let them down



    To do or say something to make it clear/easy to understand, to say something in a different way so it is easy to understand




    Very easy or clear to see, not hidden




    To spam, to give or receive a lot of something all at one time




    A disappointment, a failure




    To  strongly request or ask/advise/promise something




    The opposite of what you expect or think should happen




    To promise

    A=6, B=1, C=8, D=2, E=7, F=4, G=3, H=5

    Some example sentences using the new words or phrases from the meaning of how they are used in the reading to help you understand better.

    1. He is insisting that he wants to pay for tonight’s dinner.
    2. I am very sorry. I let you down. I forgot that I promised to meet at 10am.
    3. We assure you that we will be there on Monday.
    4. Please clarify what time you want these delivered.
    5. He was afraid to fly. One day he caught an airplane. It is ironic that this airplane crashed.
    6. People are bombarding the telecommunications company with angry messages because their internet has stopped.
    7. It is obvious to see that if you study hard you should pass.
    8. I failed the test twice. For me it is a big setback.


    Some questions using the new words/phrases. Try to use the words/phrases in your answer.

    1. When you look at the photo of the dolls in the picture is it obvious to you they are not all normal dolls? Would you bombard the football  club?
    2. Tell about a time someone was insisting you help them or do something?
    3. Have you ever let someone down? How did you feel? What did you do? 
    4. If you let someone down then how can you assure them you won’t fail them again?
    5. If you don’t understand what someone is saying then how do you ask them to clarify?
    6. Describe something you have heard or seen that is ironic.
    7. Do you think that bombarding people with requests works? When should you not bombard people?
    8. How have you talked to yourself after a setback?
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