Will U.S. Still Host '16 Copa America? Future Of USA Pro Challenge Looks Murky Winston-Salem Open Poised To Turn Profit Sharapova To Debut Exhibition Event In L.A. Beach Volleyball Event Sees "Rowdy" Crowd Tiger Effect In Full Force At Wyndham Championship ATP's Memphis Open Sold Again CFP's Hancock "Intrigued" By South Florida Cincy Tennis Event Eyes Record Attendance Alaska Shootout Hires Firm To Find Teams
SBD/July 7, 2014/Events and Attractions
Police Investigate World Cup Ticket Scandal, Claim FIFA Official Was Involved
Published July 7, 2014
A TANGLED WEB: Investigators said that a "gang of up to 30 people" made more than $815,760 a game at the tournament selling tickets that it received from a FIFA office. FIFA President Sepp Blatter said, "I know nothing" (IRISH TIMES, 7/5). The PA reported Argentine FA President & FIFA VP Julio Grondona's son Humberto "has admitted to selling on tickets to a friend contrary to FIFA's regulations." The tickets "are among those seized by Brazilian police." The disclosure that Grondona's son has been involved is a "huge embarrassment to FIFA -- he has a post as a technical adviser to the world governing body." His father has been a FIFA exec committee member since '88 and is "also chairman of FIFA's powerful finance committee" (PA, 7/5).