The world football body will not interfere with legislation that controls prices for low-income groups in Brazil, while warning that students are unlikely to enjoy the same luck
A federal directive in the South American country, host of the next World Cup, gives individuals on low incomes and over the age of 65 the right to go to Serie A games paying half the price of a regular ticket. This discount also applies to museums, cinemas and other cultural events.
Speaking to Sao Paulo newspaper Folha, Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke affirmed that his organisation had every intention of upholding this legislation during the tournament.
"We will have to work with a category four ticket, which gives access to those Brazilians who cannot afford to pay much," the official confirmed on Tuesday.
"When President [Dilma] Rouseff told me that there is a law to protect the over-65s with a 'half ticket', I said to her: 'I do not want to change that law'.
"We want to be sure that we will not come up against a number of different communities with access to half-price tickets," he added, pointing out that the priority would be the people on the lowest incomes.
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