Ray Whelan who is the director of a hospitality firm that is in partnership with FIFA was held up by police in Rio de Janeiro city to help in the investigations of the alleged illegal selling of tickets for the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The man who works for Match has his arrest just come some days after a total of 11 persons were also arrested in the same city as the suspects of the ongoing touting operation of tickets.
Operation Jules Rimet is a Brazilian Police prove that has involved use of phone trackers to get the relevant information. Copacabana Palace is the luxurious hotel where the match worker was arrested.
This hotel is the one being used by the top most officials of FIFA including Sepp Blatter who is the president of the organization. Reports from the top media houses confirmed that the investigations into this matter is ongoing to find the root cause of all this.
Although Ray Whelan is not an official of FIFA, he works for the firm that has exclusive hospitality rights in the world’s football governing body. Pedro Dantas who is Rio De Janeiro State Security secretariat spokesman said during an interview that Whelan is currently helping the relevant authorities in the necessary enquiries.
The spokesman also said that Whelan should be available to answer to the crimes that are on his neck. It is an illegal act to resell tickets more than one time of their face value in Brazil.
Information posted on the FIFA’s official website depicted that Match was given the mandate to offer premium ticketing plus a good number of services to the fans.
Some of the hospitality services that the official partner of FIFA offers is private lounges, suites and even marquee tents within the stadium. Recently, Julio Grondona who is the vice president of FIFA caught himself in the wrong side of the law when he was caught selling tickets more than their actual face value.
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