Pat Hickey, former Olympic judoka and Ireland’s Olympic Chairman,  is arrested by cops over ‘illegal ticket selling’ at Rio 2016 Olympics

Pat Hickey Ireland’s olympic executive

The issue of ticketing has blighted the Games. Is this why there are so many empty seats.

Pat Hickey – the head of the Irish European Olympic Councils – was arrested by police over illegal ticket selling at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Hickey was held at one of the ‘Olympic Family’ hotels in Barra da Tijuca this morning – as the scandal engulfing his organisation continues.

Then last week an executive was arrested alleged to be holding “hundreds of tickets” designated to Ireland – causing outrage back home.

Hickey being arrested in his hotel

Hickey faces three charges of facilitating ticket touting, formation of a cartel and ambush or illicit marketing – and tonight it emerged he is “temporarily” standing down from roles in international sports governance.

Then last week an executive was arrested alleged to be holding “hundreds of tickets” designated to Ireland – causing outrage back home.

Hickey faces three charges of facilitating ticket touting, formation of a cartel and ambush or illicit marketing – and tonight it emerged he is “temporarily” standing down from roles in international sports governance.

During a press conference this afternoon Brazilian police said that when they arrived at hotel room, his wife told them that Hickey had left the country.

However video footage captured by ESPN Brazil shows the moment the 71-year-old rep was confronted by Brazilian police – after they tracked him down to another room in the hotel.

Pat Hickey’s arrest took place at about 10am UK time – 6am in Brazil.

Local media have reported that Hickey has since been taken to hospital “after feeling sick the moment he got arrested”.

Kevin Mallon, an executive for sports hospitality company THG, was arrested last week allegedly holding hundreds of tickets marked for the Olympic Council of Ireland.

THG has ties with Pro10, an accredited ticket seller at the Olympics

 

Mallon is still in custody but has not been charged.

An executive for sports hospitality company THG, he was arrested with hundreds of tickets marked for the Olympic Council of Ireland.

THG does not have a permit to sell Irish Olympic tickets but an official company, Pro 10, said Mallon was working for them and did have a letter of accreditation.

 

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