St Pauli send man with cardboard face to player unveiling

German side St Pauli came up with a novel solution when they learned that club manager Ewald Lienen would be unable to attend the unveiling of a new signing.

The real Ewald Lienen, head coach of St Pauli. Picture: Getty

Instead of allowing striker Marvin Ducksch to simply pose for photos alone, the Hamburg-based club decided instead to have a man stand beside him wearing a Ewald Lienen mask.

To be fair to St Pauli, they didn’t try to deceive anyone and were well aware of the joke, posting a close-up picture of the mask alongside the images of Ducksch on the club’s Twitter feed.

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The 22-year-old attacker joins the club from Borussia Dortmund. Judging by his facial expression, he wasn’t all that pleased to have his unveiling overshadowed by someone with a bit of cardboard on their face.

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