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Monchengladbach face Leverkusen in front of 13,000 cardboard fans

Published on: 23 May 2020

Borussia Monchengladbach faced Bayer Leverkusen in front of 13,000 cardboard supporters on Saturday afternoon.

Gladbach's Borussia Park hosted its first Bundesliga match behind closed doors but unlike other stadiums in Germany the stands were not totally bare.

Fans have paid £17 to charities to have their faces on cardboard cut-outs in the seats for the behind closed door matches amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Ahead of kick-off the English Twitter account for Monchengladbach posted: 'Welcome to BORUSSIA-PARK! Today's fans have already taken their seats,' with the away end also filled with some makeshift supporters from different clubs.

The faces of players from the Monchengladbach side that won the league back in 1970 also watched on.

The 'Stay at Home; Be at the Game' initiative could provide a financial lifeline for lower-league clubs in England.

Non-league Lewes have become the first team on these shores to join the scheme.

The Isthmian Premier League outfit, a fan-owned club with 1,600 shareholders, are set to offer supporters the opportunity to mark their presence at The Dripping Pan when football returns.

It could bring in thousands in additional revenue for clubs struggling over the coming months.


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