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Ticket tout suspect goes on the run

July 11th, 2014 by · No Comments · Features, Football

Despite their best efforts FIFA can’t seem to rid themselves of controversy even at what should be their finest hour. 

Just as everyone was beginning to focus on Sunday’s final the ticketing scandal that has been rumbling in the background took almost comic centre stage yesterday.

As the Brazilian police moved to rearrest suspect Ray Whelan, at the Copacabana Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, he legged it via a hotel service door and is now a fugitive. Whelan’s employers, MATCH, are a subsiduary of FIFA partners Byrom.

One of these men has disappeared after being accused of crimes against football.

One of these men has disappeared after being accused of crimes against football in Brazil.

To make matters worse a company run by Sepp Blatter’s nephew is a shareholder in MATCH. MATCH sold over 300,000 hospitality packages for this event and has a £175m contract with FIFA.

The attempted arrest is part of a concerted action against an alleged $100m ticket touting ring making money by illegally acquiring and selling VIP tickets and hospitality passes. Those tickets and passes are only available to FIFA members and partners.

For more on the background to the story and updates here’s the brilliant Inside World Football.

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