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Police investigator discusses World Cup ticket scandal

11/07/2014 from:SNTV


A police investigator told SNTV on Thursday (10th July) that an inquiry into ticket scalping at the World Cup could expand to include FIFA and domestic football officials.


Fabio Barucke, a police investigator in Brazil, gave an exclusive interview to SNTV on Wednesday regarding the latest World Cup ticket scandal.

The controversy surrounds Englishman Ray Whelan, who is a director of MATCH group - a company that supplies hospitality packages for World Cup matches.

Whelan is suspected of providing tickets to a group who sell the hospitality packages on at highly inflated prices. Reselling tickets for profit is illegal in Brazil.

And Barucke suggested that FIFA's initial distribution of tickets, lends itself to this kind of activity -

SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Fabio Barucke, police investigator leading scalping case:

"FIFA is the biggest source of ticket scalping, because it gives most of its tickets to its own members, rather than to the public. Inside the Copacabana Palace, we have information that there was a market for scalping."

On Monday Whelan was detained at the Copacabana Palace hotel, before being released on Tuesday after questioning.

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