Japanese Away Fans Sit with Cardboard Cutouts to Pad Numbers

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVMay 31, 2014

SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 24: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Jorge Wagner of Kashiwa Reysol compete for the ball during the J.League match between Omiya Ardija and Kashiwa Reysol at Nack 5 Stadium Omiya on August 24, 2013 in Saitama, Japan.  (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)
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When you don't have enough real fans...create fake ones?

That was the strategy employed by supporters of Japanese club Omiya Ardija this week, as the limited travelling support devised a clever ploy to boost their presence.

The dozen or so fans who made the trip of more than 300 miles to Tokushima Vortis brought with them twice as many cardboard cutouts, each sporting a shirt of the proper colour.

Not bad! From afar (and through blurred eyes) it even almost looks authentic... well, close enough.

[h/t Dirty Tackle]

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