Soccer Team Apologizes for Osama Bin Laden Cutout in Stands


A UK soccer team is apologizing after a fan apparently pulled off a twisted prank at the club's expense.

Leeds United, who play in English football's second-tier Champions league, issued an apology this week after a cardboard cutout of the infamous terrorist Osama bin Laden was seen propped up in the stands at the team's stadium, Elland Road.

English football has resumed without fans in attendance due to the global pandemic. So, many teams like Leeds have begun offering their seats for sale, which fans can then occupy with the cardboard cutouts, known as "crowdies," for about 25 GBP.

Except a cheeky customer apparently used the opportunity for the sick joke.

Team officials told the BBC that bin Laden's mug had been taken down, and that they would "ensure there are no more offensive images."

Bin Laden, once an ally of western intelligence services who helped defeat the USSR in the Soviet-Afghan war, became the face of global terror after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, until his demise at the hands of US forces in 2011.