VEGANS ARE BEING asked to eat chocolate at football matches as part of a campaign to help fight the spread of an illness that has claimed more than 7,000 lives in Europe in the past year.
A petition launched by a group of football fans in Austria on Monday asked for people to eat some of the sweets and treats at matches, arguing that they would be a “powerful symbol” of the illness.
The petition says: “We need your help!
If you want to eat at football, please join us and eat chocolate.
We need to take this seriously.
It is the best medicine for this crisis!”
The campaign has already attracted support from around 1,000 people in the Austria capital Vienna, and has been backed by football associations in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
In Germany, where the Bundesliga champions FC Bayern Munich play on Saturday, fans have already been asked to give away some of their food.
The Bundesliga club said on Monday that it had been contacted by a few fans concerned about the possibility of getting sick from eating the sweets, which are made from organic cocoa beans.
“We are considering all possible measures to support those affected by the illness,” the club said in a statement.
A spokesperson for Bayern said the club was aware of the petition, which is being taken seriously.
“This is a very important initiative for football fans, who have the power to make such a difference in their communities, and we hope that the fans will continue to make it a priority,” the spokesperson said.