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Virtual fans at Sevilla vs Real Betis
(Image: Twitter/@Dubiville)

VIDEO: Virtual crowd at Sevilla vs Real Betis fails to convince

Compared to retro computer games.

Sevilla vs Betis (Derby de Seville)..

Wonderful idea by Sevilla to put the crowd sound and virtual images of fans. #TheNewNormal #LaLiga #LaLigaSantander #LaLigaIsBack pic.twitter.com/FWwE6i1WyG

— ND (@Dubiville) June 11, 2020

The virtual crowd used to fill the stands for TV coverage of Sevilla vs Real Betis failed to convince, reminding many of retro computer games.

La Liga returned on Thursday following a three-month absence, with Julen Lopetegui’s Sevilla side winning 2-0 in the Seville derby at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.

Virtual fans at the Sevilla v Real Betis game last night made it look like a retro FIFA crowd pic.twitter.com/5y1r1spA9L

— FootballAwaydays (@Awaydays23) June 12, 2020

With the match played behind closed doors, digital fans were used to fill the empty seats – but the attempt looks to have fallen flat on its face.

Comparisons were drawn with the attendances in old FIFA games and the cult ’90s classic Sensible Soccer.

The Spanish League has gone with super-imposing a fake crowd with recorded crowd noises for its live matches which have resumed tonight with the Sevilla-Betis derby.

I'm not sure but, having seen a few German games recently, it's certainly no worse. pic.twitter.com/cEFZEeEiMN

— Jim Gibson 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇪🇺 (@jimgibs0n) June 11, 2020