In Brazil, there have been lots of goals, lots of drama, and even a scandal off the pitch. The World Cup has had it all. Now you can also add mystery and intrigue. Brazilian police on Thursday said they consider the director of a hospitality company implicated in the ticket scalping scheme a fugitive.
Investigators said that Ray Whelan left the lavish Copacabana Palace through a service entry about an hour before police arrived to re-arrest him. He’s accused of being the main source of World Cup tickets that were sold to an Algerian national — an act the police are calling the largest illegal sale of World Cup tickets.
In an earlier detailed statement, Match Services denied any wrongdoing by Whelan. They said he was willing to cooperate with any investigation and were confident that it would exonerate him of any wrongdoing.
Under Brazilian law, selling tickets for sporting events above face value is illegal. CCTV’s Joel Richards gets us the details about the ticket scandal and more about the upcoming final match between Argentina and Germany.