Three Premier League clubs ‘in talks’ to have cardboard cut-out fans in stadiums when season resumes

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Borussia Monchengladbach fans pay for cardboard cutouts of themselves to fill stadium if Bundesliga returns behind closed doors because of coronavirus pandemic

Three Premier League clubs are reportedly considering cardboard cut-out fans in their stands when football returns.

Under the league’s current Project Restart proposals, games could resume as early as June 12 with teams back in training in small groups in preparation.

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Thousands of cardboard cutouts have been ordered by Borussia Monchengladbach fans

The games will be played behind closed doors in an effort to completed the 2019/20 campaign amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The idea of using neutral venues was floated but a number of clubs expressed objection to the idea.

In an effort to boost the atmosphere and, to retain some sense of normality, there was a suggestion crowd noises could be played in stadiums through an app that would give fans four choices.

Danny Murphy thinks footballers will be desperate to play again, even if it’s behind closed doors – If the stadium is safe, I’ll play tomorrow.

The Sun report that the company behind the ‘Stay at Home – Be at the Game’ project have held talks and send over documentation to three Premier League clubs about filling seats with cardboard cut-outs.

The cardboard cut-out idea is the brainchild of Ingo Muller, who has organised almost 14,000 cut-outs of fans for Borussia Monchengladbach.

Borussia Monchengladbach fans are finding alternative ways to support their team

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Borussia Monchengladbach fans are finding alternative ways to support their team

Tom Hickson, co-founder of ‘Stay at Home – Be at the Game’, said: “We are in talks with some Premier League clubs, the NBA and MLS in America.

“And we’d invite other clubs and sports bodies big and small to get in touch and get involved.

“We’ve everything in place. This project will give the fans a boost, the club some revenue and NHS donations in the fight against Covid-19.”

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