Since March last year, in a photo taken by social media staff in front of the audience during the team’s first home game, the social media staff put a mask on the fans. Since then, the Pittsburgh Penguins have caused a strong response online.
“We just need to say it again…Thanks to the Penguin fans for their continued support,” the team’s official Twitter account posted on a picture showing all fans wearing their masks correctly. “We can’t wait to see you tomorrow night.”
The ice hockey team returned to the PPG Paint Arena last night to face the Philadelphia Flyers and win 5-2. Only 2,800 people watched the action, and the zero-tolerance mask policy is in place. According to the Pittsburgh Post Bulletin, this is the Penguin̵
But some eagle-eyed Twitter users noticed something wrong. In the original Getty photo, an uncovered female fan was seen in the upper right corner, while the other two did not cover their face correctly.
A critic quickly referred to the seemingly tampered image from the team as “bad BS”.
The tweet read: “Either enforce the rules or not, but don’t lie to us either.” “Poor peeing work pen.”
Another critic admitted that considering that this is the first home game with the audience, people expect the mask policy to “increase pain”, but he still said the team should “do better.”
At the same time, another person joked that the team’s account appeared to be operated by an “actual penguin”.
The reply said: ”Photoshop is difficult without fingers.”
In a statement issued to The Post on Thursday, the team admitted that social media staff had sent the “altered” photo, which was later condemned.
The statement said: “We are very happy to bring fans back to the PPG Coating Arena, and in accordance with the advice of medical experts, we will take all precautions to enforce the use of masks to ensure the safety of fans.” “We have adopted a zero tolerance policy. , Our arena staff owns the tour team to perform the game in the home game.”
The team said that “perhaps well-intentioned” staff should not manipulate photos of the “small number of fans” who do not follow the rules.
The statement continued: “Our social media team should never send the revised photos to our fan base.” “This violates our social media and security policies, and the staff member has been disciplined.”
According to the Pittsburgh Post, fans were allowed to return to the arena only after Governor Tom Wolf increased the capacity of the indoor arena to 15%.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said: “We thank our fans for their loyalty during this difficult time.”
“We feel that we have some of the most loyal fans in the sport. These guys have been very supportive of our players over the years. I know the players appreciate it.”