FIFA Partner CEO Arrested for World Cup Ticket Scheme

By Benjamin Parkin, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Monday afternoon (July 7th), civil police in Rio de Janeiro arrested the director of hospitality company Match, who have an exclusive partnership with FIFA, on suspicion of involvement in an international ticket-scalping network. British executive Ray Whelan is the twelfth person arrested on suspicion of involvement in the network.

The group have reportedly operated at four World Cups and could render R$200 million per tournament, selling up to 1,000 tickets per game. Whelan is believed to be the head of the gang, and those arrested could . . .

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