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SBD Global/July 7, 2014/World Cup
Police Investigation Into Scalping Syndicate Says FIFA Official Played Role In Scam
Published July 7, 2014
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GANG OF 30: In Dublin, Tom Hennigan reported investigators said that a "gang of up to 30 people" made more than €600,000 ($815,760) a game at the tournament selling tickets that it received from a FIFA office. FIFA President Sepp Blatter said, "I know nothing." One of the partners in Match Hospitality is his nephew Phillip Blatter. In a "later statement" FIFA denied Fofana "had Fifa accreditation at the tournament" or access to a FIFA car. FIFA Marketing Dir Thierry Weil said FIFA would analyze the tickets seized by Brazilian police to "confirm their authenticity and help the authorities identify their source" (IRISH TIMES, 7/4).
FIFA EXEC'S SON ADMITS INVOLVEMENT: 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).