Serie B side Triestina use fake vinyl supporters
When Triestina’s match was scheduled for TV coverage, their owner decided that he was embarrassed by the fact that there were low attendances in their 32,000 seater stadium.
General Manager Marco Dernaz made the decision to place vinyl posters over 10,000 seats in order to make the ground look full on television.
“We’d love to have a full stadium with real supporters and we’ve done everything we can to get people through the gates, but the reality is that we can’t. This way at least we create a bit of atmosphere, a bit of theatre.”
Couple of problems with that statement, namely the terms ‘atmosphere’ and ‘theatre’. They are vinyl people, so the atmosphere created is presumably minimal. And unusually quiet for fans?