World Cup 2014: Brazilian police investigate reports of 'disabled' supporters leaping from the wheelchairs

 

Even in a country such as Brazil where football is a fervent religion, the miraculous sight of wheelchair bound supporters leaping from their seats is leading to calls for a police investigation into claims of ticket fraud.

Dozens of fans with supposed mobility problems have been shown on social media apparently unable to control their excitement at crucial moments in the World Cup.

A number were caught on CCTV during the opening game of the tournament between hosts Brazil and Croatia, which the home team won 3-1, it has been reported.

It is believed that some of them may have been posing as disabled supporters after hundreds of tickets designated for fans with special needs have been bought up by touts and resold at the 66,000-seater Sao Paulo Arena.

There have also been claims that young adults have also been spotted in seats reserved for pensioners at the stadium.

World Cup organiser Fifa set aside seats for those who might otherwise have difficulty accessing games including students and the very obese.

It has been claimed that black market tickets have been changing hands at up to £1,000 each outside matches.

Police in Brazil are examining 22 images captured on CCTV and a further 30 pictures currently being circulated on social media after being captured by fellow fans on their smart phones.

However, it is possible that some might be genuinely disabled fans who may have difficulty travelling long distances to the ground or who struggle to stand for long periods making the investigation potentially sensitive for police.

Selling a ticket for more than face value in Brazil is a crime punishable with a jail term of up to four years in prison.

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