A Match Hospitality director has been held as part of Operation Jules Rimet – a police investigation into ticket touting at this summer's tournament in Brazil
Ray Whelan, the chief executive of a Fifa partner, has been arrested by Brazilian police as part of an investigation into the illegal sale of tickets at World Cup 2014.
Whelan, a director from Match Hospitality and the former agent of Sir Bobby Charlton, was arrested at a Rio de Janeiro hotel where Sepp Blatter, president of Fifa, and other officials of the football world’s governing body were also staying.
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Last week, 11 people were held over illegal ticket sales and those found guilty could face charges of money laundering, criminal association and illegally selling tickets.
Whelan is not a Fifa employee but Match have worked closely with the governing body since 1986 and the company recently paid $240 million (£140m) to secure the exclusive contract to provide hospitality packages until 2023.
Police believe that an international gang could have earned $90m (€66m) per tournament for ticket touting and could have operated at as many as four World Cups.
Philippe Blatter, Sepp Blatter’s nephew, is the president of a company which is a shareholder in Match.