Peru Fan Puts On 3.9 Stone To Qualify For Handicapped World Cup Tickets
One Peru fan has taken drastic measures to secure World Cup tickets.
The South American minnows are making their first World Cup appearance since 1982. So, naturally, it's a big deal for the country.
That sentiment is illustrated further by FIFA's unbelievable statistics.
Peru have snapped up the eighth-most tickets for the showpiece in Russia. We're talking 43,582 tickets.
But plenty of dedicated Peruvians were still left disappointed after failing to get their hands on a match-day ticket, including a 24-year-old LAD from Lima.
Miguel took matters into his own hands.
"The only tickets that were left on the FIFA website where ticket for disabled people," he told Clarin. "I looked at the requirements; be in a wheelchair, something specific for women and suffering from morbid obesity, over 35 BMI, body mass index. I was at 30, and I did the math. I needed to put on 25 kg."
Guillermo Espinoza, an English teacher from Lima, also details how he put on over 3 stone so he could qualify for handicapped seats.
"There was a guy who was worried he wouldn't get a ticket for a Peru match, so he said he would try to put on 24kg so that he could apply for one of the special [easy-access extra-width] seats that are much easier to get," says Espinoza.
"You get a good view as well from those seats."
Espinoza added: "Some have come here on a €1,000 budget, they're eating cookies in the day to get by, sleeping on floors and are taking a 32-hour train to Ekaterinburg - because it's free - to watch the France game.
"There are people who have left their job because you get paid extra money when you leave somewhere you've been a long time. A lot of others held what we call a pollada, which involves cooking chicken and providing beer at home in exchange for money."