For once being fat is going to be more beneficial than being fit for a game of the FIFA World Cup Finals in Russia next year. Football fans who love eating and treasure calories are going to be rewarded for their high BMI with a special discount on tickets for the World Cup.
FIFA has introduced Special Access Tickets at discounted prices for the obese people. The offer will be valid for overweight ticket seekers with easy access into the stadium and extra width seats.
The Daily Star has reported that the VIP seats are going for as little as $107 (£80).
FIFA says people must have a BMI of 35kg/m2 to qualify for the discount ticket.
They will have to provide “a signed doctor’s note” when buying tickets and may be asked for proof again when entering the stadium.
Fifa has declared on its website that “customers who apply for Special Access Tickets are required to provide proof of eligibility documents as part of the Ticket Application process.
“If not already provided and approved online, such proof of eligibility documents must be provided upon Ticket collection (if applicable) or when purchasing Tickets over the counter as well as, upon request, at the entrance to the Stadium.
“For Obese Person Tickets, presentation of a signed doctor’s note stating the person’s BMI will be required. The minimum BMI in order to require and therefore be eligible for an Obese Person Ticket is 35 kg/m2.”
Nevertheless, the offer has prompted fears of fraudsters abusing the system.
At the World Cup in Brazil, supposedly disabled fans were spotted jumping up out of their wheelchairs to celebrate during a game.
Meanwhile, the world governing body for football is also going tough on touts.