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Pittsburgh Penguins discipline staffer for altering fan photo to show proper mask use

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 3/5/2021 Mike Brehm, USA TODAY
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Fans are slowly being allowed back into NHL arenas in limited numbers as COVID-19 restrictions start to ease in states.

And teams and players are making sure to say what a difference having fans in the stands has meant for them.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, who welcomed back fans on Tuesday, tweeted out a photo Wednesday of mask-wearing, socially distanced fans at PPG Paints Arena during the 5-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers.

a group of people riding skis on top of a building: Pittsburgh Penguins fans arrive at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday for the first time this season. © Keith Srakocic, AP Pittsburgh Penguins fans arrive at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday for the first time this season.

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"We just had to say this again... Thanks for the continued support, Penguins fans. We can't wait to see you tomorrow night," the tweet said.

The only issue, is that not all of the fans in the original Getty Images photo were wearing their masks properly and another didn't have oneon.

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Taylor Haase of DK Pittsburgh Sports, who had been tweeting photos of improper mask use during the night among some of the 2,800 fans in the building, noticed and shared that the photo had been altered.

The team addressed the issue in a statement to the New York Post.

“Our social media team should never send out altered photos to our fan base,” the Penguins said. “This is a violation of our social media and safety policy, and this staffer has been disciplined.”

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