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Police: FIFA member the source of illegal ticket sales

Jul 3, 2014, 1:34 PM EST

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The latest embarrassing headlines for FIFA have arrived during the 2014 World Cup, as soccer’s world governing body has been embroiled in yet another scandal.

On Thursday Brazilian police stated that a member of FIFA is the source of illegal World Cup ticket sales.

Police commissioner Fabio Barucke told reporters that “someone from FIFA” and “an intermediary from Match Hospitality”, FIFA’s ticket agency, controlled the thousands of tickets involved.

More details emerged later on Thursday, as Brazilian newspaper Folha stated that the investigation has been going on for over three months and that the scheme made over $1 million at every World Cup match.

FIFA has since responded to reports of its member being involved in the scheme and brushed it off as “rumors.”

While they issued the following statement to Folha.

“We have nothing to comment right now. Many rumors are circulating [about the involved of FiFA.] We are waiting for a meeting [with the police} to get details on the operations.”

According to the Police, they arrested 11 people on Tuesday accused of selling tickets that may have been obtained through a contact at world soccer’s governing body.

With FIFA’s name being dragged through the mud time and time again over issues including allegedly accepting bribes for World Cup bids and many other scandals, this is the last thing much-maligned President Sepp Blatter (pictured, right) would have wanted to come out during the so-far successful 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

More details to come on this story, as another scandal is never far off when it comes to FIFA.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    As an avid sports fan who has only recently began watching futbol aggressively (seen every WC match so far) I can honestly say the more I learn about FIFA the more it turns me off to the game.

    My understanding is they have more money then god, are considered a non-profit, and can essentially do whatever they want without repercussions.

    My question is: in a sport where players, refs, and fans murder each other openly, why hasn’t FIFA encountered some “street justice” for their corruption?

    • rmccleary97 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      What “street justice” do you have in mind?

    • sjsharks86 - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      The NFL is also considered a non-profit & makes money like they mint it, but yeah FIFA is arrogant & corrupt as S#!T & could probably get away with murder. Also, you can just say football, not futbol, unless you’re trying to put your mad spanglish skills on display.

      • rickwiese38 - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        It’s also fine to say soccer. It’s just an English term for “Association Football,” coined in 19th Century London to distinguish it from rugby (ruggers). I use soccer and football interchangeably all the time, usually depending on who I’m speaking with.

  2. bnwpnw - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    CONFRONT THE CORRUPTION — REBID 2022.

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