As English football clubs resume matches post a three-month halt following the Coronavirus outbreak, football fans watching games from their homes spotted a familiar, not so popular face among the crowds.
Someone putting a Bin Laden cut out in the Leeds ground is all I need to see today 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/3NZMBBQm0T— Gazza (@GazzaAFCENG) June 24, 2020
Not allowing Leeds fans to attend the game in the Elland Road stadium ,in efforts to control the spread of COVID-19, the club organizers resorted to using cardboard cutouts to make it look like crowds are still there for their favorite football clubs.
Yet, Leeds fans couldn't help but notice Osama bin Laden's face among their cardboard crowd set to watch Saturday's game against Fulham FC, urging them to question the reason why the face of the world's once most dangerous terrorist was used to "cheer for Leeds United."
He must have got there early too as he's front row. I'd have thought he'd be more of a back of the stand LSC kind of guy. Maybe he's calmed down since he died.— Michael Rhodes˚ (@mrmjrhodes) June 24, 2020
Making up for fans' absence from stadiums, football clubs have been encouraging their supporters to send in their pictures so it can be printed and attached to seats for £25, which is how Bin Laden's photo must have made it to the audience, maybe as a joke and maybe as a statement.
Ugh someone actually put it there and thought... this will be funny.— Katie (@katykatiekati) June 24, 2020
According to BBC, officials in Leeds have removed the photo and pledged for "no more offensive photos from now on."
It may have been a robot doing the scanning— tobyshadboltshadbolt0678 (@tobyshadboltsh1) June 24, 2020
Commenting on the incident, online people took the chance to make several jokes about Al Qaeda's former leader "presence at the game, especially as some found out that he was a fan of Arsenal's FC.
Osama Bin Ladin had many crimes, but one of the much lesser ones was that he actually supported Arsenal.— Elliot Hackney (@ElliotHackney) June 24, 2020
Things are so bad at Arsenal bin laden decides he’s a Leeds supporter now— Kayci Bernard🏴🇮🇪🇬🇩 (@KcBernard2002) June 24, 2020
Saudi-born Bin Laden had founded Al-Qaeda in 1988 and was killed in a US airstrike that targeted him in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011.
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