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PHOTOS: Mexico fans bring cardboard cutout of friend who couldn’t go to Russia

Wife wouldn't let him.

A group of Mexico fans at the World Cup brought along a cardboard cutout of a friend whose wife wouldn’t let him go.

In his cardboard form, the absent pal wears a T-shirt declaring “my wife wouldn’t let me go” as he’s taken around the tournament and even given a place to sleep.

One picture shows him being taken for a trip to the toilet, while another sees him being thrust aloft at one of the FIFA Fan Zones.

He will be particularly gutted to have missed Mexico get their campaign underway with a 1-0 win over reigning champions Germany thanks to Hirving Lozano’s first-half goal.