'We tried to add some fun': FC Seoul apologises for sex doll supporters

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IN THE PAPERS - Tuesday, May 19: We look at reactions to Donald Trump's "stunning" claim that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventative treatment for Covid-19. The fiancé of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi has warned England's Premier League against letting the Saudi Crown Prince buy Newcastle United, saying it would “stain” their image. Plus, a Korean soccer team unwittingly adds too much fun to its no-spectator match by using sex dolls as stand-in supporters, and people share pre-pandemic memories with the hashtag #LastNormalPhoto.


Claims President Trump has been taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventative treatment for Covid-19 could well be a diversionary, but potentially, dangerous tactic, according to the Washington Post. It’s cartoon depicts Trump holding the pills and a bottle of bleach, therapies touted by the president despite medical warnings against their use.  

Saudi Arabia is trying to “sportswash” its human rights abuses in its bid to buy football club Newcastle United, says the fiancé of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Hatice Cengiz cites CIA and UN reports that concluded the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman ordered her fiancé’s killing at Turkey’s Saudi embassy. “If the Premier League allows it, its image will be stained forever,” she writes in an editorial in the UK’s The Guardian.

Staying in the football world, the Korean club FC Seoul issued an apology Monday for using sex dolls to stand in for supporters. The club admitted they didn’t do a full background check and were “trying to add some fun for the no-spectator match.”

And in a yearning for pre-pandemic days people all over the world are sharing ‘photo-album’ images of dinners, concerts, holidays and what were once every day activities using the hashtag #LastNormalPhoto.


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