Ir­ish probe Rio tick­ets af­ter ar­rests

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THE Olympic Coun­cil of Ire­land is in­ves­ti­gat­ing why tick­ets al­lo­cated to the or­gan­i­sa­tion were found on two men ar­rested by Rio po­lice.

Ir­ish na­tional Kevin Mal­lon, one of the heads of Bri­tish tick­et­ing and hos­pi­tal­ity provider THG Sports, was ar­rested with fake tick­ets for the Rio Games, po­lice said.

He is ac­cused of con­spir­acy and help­ing sell tick­ets il­le­gally.

Po­lice also ar­rested a com­pany em­ployee work­ing as an in­ter­preter dur­ing the games in a raid on Fri­day.

Agents seized more than 1,000 tick­ets be­ing sold for “very high” fees.

The OCI name was vis­i­ble on tick­ets dis­played by po­lice, but the Ir­ish said they had “no knowl­edge” of the two men ar­rested.

Po­lice said THG Sports, which is not the of­fi­cial OCI re­seller, was part of an al­leged ticket-tout­ing scheme which was un­cov­ered dur­ing the 2014 World Cup.

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