Head of FIFA partner arrested in ticket scalping investigation
Ray Whelan, the chief executive of a FIFA corporate partner that sells tickets and hospitality packages for the World Cup, was arrested Monday as part of a Brazilian police investigation into ticket scalping at the World Cup, The Independent reported.
The Independent reported that detectives made 11 arrests last week in "Operation Jules Rimet," and it also broke up an international gang that was accused of being involved in illegally reselling tickets, including those originally allocated to players. The report also said that, according to the police, the gang earned as much as $90 million per World Cup with this operation, and may have been doing this for four World Cups.
Match Hospitality's website says it is "the only company worldwide that is officially authorised by FIFA to offer and guarantee exclusive hospitality packages for every match of the FIFA World Cup™ directly or through its appointed sales agents."
Details of how Whelan was involved in the process have not been released.
- Sarah Barshop