A Borussia Mönchengladbach supporters group has suggested an innovative solution for when the Bundesliga football season restarts after proposing that empty stadia be filled with cardboard cut-outs of fans.

The German Football League (DFL) announced today (Tuesday) that the Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga seasons will remain suspended until April 30 at the earliest due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It remains unclear when the league will resume, and whether or not matches will be played behind closed doors when football does return.

Fanprojekt Moenchengladbach (FPMG) has invited fans to order a life-size cut-out of themselves, which would be placed at Gladbach’s Borussia-Park stadium if matches end up being played behind closed doors. The figures will be made of weatherproof plastic and can be ordered for €19 (£17/$21).

Where possible, the figures would be placed in fans’ usual seats. The price of the cut-out would be put towards manufacturing and processing costs, as well as local companies that are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FPMG said in a statement: “This way, we will be the first club to bring a bit of life back to our stadium, even if fans actually have to watch from home.”

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