Coronavirus: UK soccer team offers cardboard cutouts for fans to ‘attend’ matches

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Soccer fans in the United Kingdom pining for a chance to watch Premier League action will be able to do it in Brighton -- sort of.

Five of Brighton & Hove Albion’s remaining nine matches will be played at home when league action resumes, so club officials are inviting fans to be a “Fan in the Stand” by displaying cardboard cutouts of themselves.

“We are asking fans to don their blue and white matchday attire and send in their picture to be part of the remaining five matches of the season,” Brighton said on its website.

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The “Fan in the Stand” promotion is “the only way to be there,” the soccer team said, noting that when play resumes, fans will not be allowed in the stands due to the social distancing put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The cutout fans will be positioned in the upper tier of the East Stand, providing the team with some visual support for these important games and supporters are encouraged to wear colors to create a stand full of blue and white,” Brighton said on its website.

This perk comes at a cost. Fans interested in being cardboard fans will have to fork over $25 for the privilege.

Brighton’s first home game when play resumes is June 20 against Arsenal.