Russian club Mordovia Saransk offering free tickets... for cigarettes

Mordovia have promised free entry to fans who bring a packet of cigarettes to the stadium ahead of their game against Fakel Voronezh.

Mordovia have come up with the lung-burning plan as a way of bringing fans into the 12,000-seater Stadion Start for the match on on March 26.

Quite why the second-tier side's owners want cigarettes (and presumably not even for themselves) is anyone’s guess. 

Mordovia are currently in the relegation zone while Fakel are competing for a play-off space, fifth in the Russian Football National League.

Here's hoping their survival hopes don't go up in smoke. (Alright, alright... our coats are on.)

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