Fifa Will Subsidise World Cup 2014 Tickets For Pensioners

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
Brazilian pensioners appear set to enjoy discounts of up to 50 per cent to watch World Cup games in 2014, after Fifa revealed it will respect local laws subsidising match-day tickets.

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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