Irish probe Rio tickets after arrests
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.